Why the 2020 census shouldn’t ask about your citizenship status

(Credit: AP Photo/Idaho Press-Tribune, Charlie Litchfield)

“Is this person a citizen of the United States?”

In December 2017, the Department of Justice formally proposed adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census. This question would ostensibly help to enforce the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

However, census experts, over 100 national scientific and civil rights organizations, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and Democratic...

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