Keep the Citizenship Question out of the 2020 Census

Help ensure that children, youth, families and communities aren't robbed of the federal funding and representation we deserve.

Now through August 7, 2018, the Census Bureau is taking public comments about its proposed changes to the census in 2020, including adding a question about citizenship. The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (LCCHR) together with its partners and allies, including the Children's Leaderships Council, are working to get 100,000 comments submitted opposing the citizenship question. We need your help!

Why this matters: The U.S. Constitution requires an accurate count of the nation's population, or a census, every ten years. The next one is only two years away, in 2020. Unfortunately, certain population groups—referred to as “hard-to-count”—are at a higher risk of not being fully counted; young children under the age of 5 are one of the groups. The Census determines congressional representation and where billions of federal dollars important to the lives of babies, children and youth will be spent. 

One in four young children live in households with at least one immigrant family member. Inserting a question that may stop many immigrant families with babies, children and youth, from filling out the census form will do significant harm.

What you can do: Please leave a public comment to keep the Citizenship question out of the #2020 Census. The deadline is August 7, 2018.

Please use this form to provide a public comment by August 7, 2018. You can add your own talking points or tell your own story.

(Please note, the Census Bureau requires a full name and city, state, Zip Code to count the comment.)

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