May 23 2019

Nonprofit Quarterly – Who will be counted in the Census?

…A wide range of groups have submitted amicus curiae briefs calling for keeping the citizenship question out of the Census. All told, 36 separate coalitions submitted amicus briefs against the proposed question, while only nine submitted in favor and one group was neutral. Included among those 36 amicus briefs in opposition to adding a citizenship question was a group of 30 foundations, including Annie E. Casey, The California Endowment, Ford, Joyce, Lumina, Mary Reynolds Babcock, New York Community Trust, Piton, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and Thornburg. These foundations argued that the distortion a citizenship question would bring, both by lowering response rates and encouraging false answers, would harm their work, whether it involved children and families, health, education, or community development…

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