Census workers report that nonresponse follow-up was “rushed and chaotic,” using numerous shortcuts to end the census count on the shortened timeframe sought by the Trump administration. Not surprisingly, there is growing consensus among census stakeholders and data experts that the 2020 census data are likely to be insufficiently accurate.
It would be an understatement to say this has been a challenging census, made more turbulent by actions taken by the Trump administration.
Last week census advocates logged a win: A federal court ordered the Trump administration to produce documents shedding light on the rushed close to the 2020 census. But how did it come to this? And how can the U.S. avoid the politicization of the census moving forward?
(This is the first of a two-part series detailing this year’s unprecedented attacks on the U.S. census.)
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The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted and delayed the counting of every person in the country for the 2020 census. Now, the Trump administration is forcing the U.S. Census Bureau to cut the census short by one month.
It’s time to make some noise and tell Congress to save the census and make sure millions of people in this country aren’t erased.
The Census Bureau has announced that door-knocking and other field activities will be cut short a month earlier than planned—which could cause a fatal undercount of already underrepresented groups, including minorities and rural populations.
The War on Women is in full force under the Trump administration. We refuse to go back, and we refuse to let the administration quietly dismantle the progress we’ve made. We are watching.
This week: Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton (R) said slavery was a “necessary evil upon which the union was built”; Attorney General Bill Barr testifies before the House Judiciary Committee; Trump attempts to take down DACA; plainclothes NYPD officers pull a transgender woman protestor, Nikki Stone, into an unmarked van; more hydroxychloroquine; Trump and Senate Republicans are rushing the census; Trump’s dog whistle to his racist base; and Trump accuses Oregon Gov. Kat Brown of not “doing her job.”
In the administration’s latest attempt to influence the 2020 census and redefine who gets counted, a presidential memo signed on July 21, acts to selectively exclude unauthorized immigrants from being counted in congressional reapportion—weaponizing the census in a way that would only impact the allocation of congressional seats but maintain distribution of federal funding.
This would be the first time since 1790, when the U.S. census began, that non-citizens are excluded from official population counts used to apportion House seats.
If you are wondering how you can support vulnerable women and girls during this pandemic, here is one simple and meaningful action: fill out your census form. Make sure our communities receive the support they urgently need.
Every community stands to benefit from an accurate census count—but as the primary caregivers in their families and the primary beneficiaries of many government-funded programs like Medicaid and SNAP, women and particularly women of color have an outsized stake in the census.
We can ease the challenges women of color face over the next decade if we do our part now to count everyone in the 2020 Census.