(Washington, DC, Thursday, August 2, 2018) - In March, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that he had directed the Census Bureau to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.
- The Leadership Conference Education Fund maintains that adding the citizenship question is bad for the census, bad for our communities, and bad for America.
- The census is required by the Constitution and its accuracy is critically important for all people in the United States. A fair and accurate census â€“ and the collection of useful, objective data about our nationâ€™s people, housing, economy, and communities generally â€“ is among the most important civil rights issues of our day.
- There is a public comments period happening now until August 7, 2018. We have until then to tell the Commerce Department to withdraw the citizenship question from the 2020 survey.
The Leadership Conference Education Fund builds public will for federal policies that promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. The Education Fundâ€™s campaigns empower and mobilize advocates around the country to push for progressive change in the United States. It was founded in 1969 as the education and research arm of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. For more information on The Education Fund, visit http://leadershipconferenceedfund.org/.