How to Break a Census

How to Break a Census

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Both the addition of a citizenship question on the Census and exclusion of non-citizens from the population count run the risk of a severe undercount, more anti-discriminatory legislation, and less funding for programs based on population counts, disproportionately harming low-income communities. An undercount would not only lead to inaccurate political representation, but cause authorities to be ill-equipped to meet the needs of their true population. President and CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits Tim Delaney explains: “if somebody is not counted, that means that the state does not receive the resources, but that person still exists and still has needs.” The implementation of these policies have the potential to exacerbate housing, poverty, and hunger crises while reinforcing cruel and unacceptable treatment of immigrants by the current administration.

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Coalition on Human Needs
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