Advocates warn citizenship, digital divide may affect Census

Leaders of advocacy groups warned lawmakers on Thursday that the fight over a failed citizenship question, the digital divide and the wording of questions on Hispanic origin and race may lead to the undercounting of some communities during the 2020 Census.

House Democrats and several of the hearing’s witnesses said some immigrants and Hispanics may still be afraid to participate in the census this spring.

“The administration’s anti-immigrant policies and its illegal effort to add a citizenship question have made an accurate count even harder to obtain by sowing fear and distrust in communities across the country,” said U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a Democrat from New York who chairs the oversight committee. “But this appears to be the point.”

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