SAA Joins with Coalition to Urge Oversight of Census “Citizenship” Question

SAA has signed on to letters to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, drafted by the Census Task Force of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, urging both to hold oversight hearings promptly on Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s decision to include a new citizenship question on the 2020 decennial census. Citing several reasons in support of Congressional hearings, the letters note, “We strongly believe that adding an untested question on citizenship status at this late point in the decennial planning process would put the accuracy of the enumeration and success of the census in all communities at grave risk.”  Read SAA’s October 2017 Statement on the Value and Importance of the U.S. Census here.