Star Tribune Editorial Board – Congress Must Guard Accuracy, Use of Census

January 23, 2018 - 1 minute read

A few MACS board members added some context to an editorial about an important concern about a potential question on citizenship for the 2020 Census. Read the full editorial here.

That’s why last month’s move by the Justice Department to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 census deserves to get a rise out of Minnesotans. It already has among independent census watchdogs. They fear that adding such a question will discourage participation in the census by noncitizens who are unwilling to disclose their status to the government. “It really does worry me that this question will have a bad impact on the accuracy and completeness of the census,” Minnesota state demographer Susan Brower told an editorial writer last week.