Psychologist Available to Comment on 2020 US Census Not Counting LGBTQ Americans

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The Trump administration has announced the Census questionnaire will now ask everyone in the United States their citizenship status, which hasn't been asked on the form since 1960.

The real reason for the citizenship question, critics say, is to whittle down the population count in predominantly urban Democratic regions, often home to large immigrant populations.

The panel, the Census Scientific Advisory Committee, said the addition of the citizenship question would depress the response to the census and stir a potentially damaging flood of misinformation about the government's plans for the citizenship information it collects.

The citizenship question isn't the only hurdle the nation faces in getting the most accurate census count possible.

The Census Bureau is required to count people where they live on April 1, 2020, not where they are registered to vote. They believe the question would discourage census participation and increase fears by undocumented immigrants - who must also be counted - that it's a government ploy to hunt them down.

At least one lawsuit has been filed over the citizenship question. Why shouldn't the agency charged with counting America's population and gathering other demographic information simply ask every person whether he or she is a US citizen? What if protests are organized to "answer" the questionnaire with the country of their origin, even if they are US citizens?

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COMMERCE DEPARTMENT: "Between 1820 and 1950, nearly every decennial census asked a question on citizenship in some form". The information would help the department enforce the Voting Rights Act by providing "a reliable calculation of the citizen voting-age population in localities where voting rights violations are alleged or suspected".

For the 2020 census, couples living together will be asked to define their relationship to their partners in a new way - "same-sex" or "opposite-sex"?

In December, a Department of Justice official wrote a letter to Ross, asking him to consider adding a citizenship question. No previous U.S. Census has ever included LGBTQ Americas which makes it challenging for federal agencies and researchers to accurately track the size, demographics and needs of the community.

It's too late to think that the Trump administration will do the right thing and voluntarily drop the citizenship question. Similarly, census responses of many mixed-status citizen/noncitizen households would also be limited. But it's disputable that the question's impact has been "well-tested" when it comes to including it on a government form aimed at counting every resident in the U.S. States, communities and businesses depend on the full census for key decisions on where to build schools, hospitals, stores and more, information only available in a comprehensive count. Adding a citizenship question will disrupt the planning for the next Census by increasing costs and adversely affecting the accuracy. "With a growing Latino population in the county, this is a direct assault on those folks participating in the Census".

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has said that the decision to gather citizenship data is "necessary for the Department of Justice to protect voters". "The immigrant is not going to trust the census employee when they are continuously hearing a contradicting message from the media every day threatening to deport immigrants", one Arabic-speaking respondent told the bureau.

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