US citizenship query could threaten 2020 census

Feb 4, 2018 by

After centuries of using the postal service and in-person visits, U.S. will experiment with contacting people by email or text, pushing them to respond online.

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States is gearing up to conduct its next population census in 2020 but a thorny question on citizenship has ignited controversy even before it has begun.

When the decennial national headcount gets under way, census takers may have to ask respondents if they are US citizens, which observers say would discourage some ethnic minorities from participating and undermine the accuracy of the data.

Mr Arturo Vargas, head of the NALEO (National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials) Educational Fund, said surveys have shown as recently as September last year that test respondents are now experiencing “unprecedented fear of the US government”.

Source: US citizenship query could threaten 2020 census: Experts, United States News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

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