County files request to find out if 2020 census will ask about citizenship

Supervisor: 'Everyone has a right to be counted'

Santa Clara County has filed a formal request under the Freedom of Information Act to find out whether or not the U.S. Census Bureau's 2020 Census will include a question regarding citizenship.

On Friday, the county's Office of the County Counsel filed to seek information on the possibility of residents being asked about their citizenship status, and if such a question is included, how each person's privacy will be protected, county officials said.

"It is our responsibility as a county to educate residents about the census," Supervisor Cindy Chavez said in a statement. "Everyone has a right to be counted so we can be fairly represented in Congress and receive federal funding for housing and transportation projects."

County officials believe that the federal government has been suggesting they may include a question on citizenship, which they say that experts emphasize could have a potential "dampening effect" on response rates in diverse areas like Santa Clara County.

"Because the census is critical to setting political representation at all levels of government, an accurate census is the bedrock of fair political representation," County Counsel James Williams said in a statement. "The Census Bureau must provide information on the steps that it will take to ensure that every person is counted fairly and response rates are not suppressed."

In the request itself, the Office of the County Counsel asked for expedited treatment because of "an urgency to inform the public about an actual or alleged federal government activity."

"Because the decennial census is imminent and public education campaigns must be conducted over long periods to be effective, the county must be able to provide accurate information to its residents as soon as possible," Williams wrote in the request.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Background
a resident of Gemello
on Feb 20, 2018 at 7:42 pm

"Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons."

Representation is based on the number of persons, not the number of citizens.

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Posted by Hmm
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Feb 21, 2018 at 4:25 pm

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Posted by Gary
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Feb 23, 2018 at 7:49 pm

Gary is a registered user.

Well, if you wished to base funding on population, you might want to know the number of residents or citizens or adults or businesses or low-income minors. It might depend upon the program. It is up to the lawmakers. As to voting, the Supreme Court has chosen population as the guide for Congressional districts. But various tricks have not been struck down including gerrymandering.

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