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April/May 2018

Help Ensure an Accurate 2020 Census

The Trump Administration has decided to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, which will fundamentally compromise the integrity of the census. With little time left before the 2020 launch, a new question can no longer be subject to standard rigorous testing. In fact, field testing for Census 2020 is already underway. In addition, including a citizenship question is likely to keep some people from responding to the questionnaire and others from responding truthfully. Congress has the power to stop this. Go online ( to urge your Members of Congress to remove the citizenship question.