The Trump administrations decision to include a citizenship question in the 2020 Census smacks of an effort to intimidate immigrants and reduce the congressional representation of districts with heavy non-citizen populations. That said, its not altogether a bad question to ask, along with others that help demographers provide more accurate statistical breakdowns of the U.S. population.
Because of President Donald Trumps record on immigration, the citizenship question is now a hot button issue. Critics charge the question is motivated by the presidents desire to uproot or de-legitimize non-citizens. They believe the question would discourage census participation and increase fears by undocumented immigrants who must also be counted that its a government ploy to hunt them down.
The Census Bureau is banned by law from sharing respondents answers with anyone. Not the IRS, not the FBI, not the CIA, and not with any other government agency, the bureau says. Since California and other states are filing legal challenges, the courts probably will decide whether the question stays in the 2020 questionnaire.