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Census question regarding citizenship draws lawsuits

Many individuals who are considered undocumented immigrants or even those who have entered the country legally but could still face deportation feel fearful that the government could use any action to force them to leave the country. As a result, many people in California may do their best to remain below the radar in hopes of simply living their lives. However, when questions regarding citizenship could end up in unexpected places, parties may begin to worry even more.

It was recently reported that the U.S. Department of Commerce has made the decision to add a question to the 2020 census regarding whether individuals are citizens. Already, 17 states, six cities and the District of Columbia have filed suit against the presidential administration in hopes of preventing this question from being included. They believe that the question is unconstitutional and unnecessary.

One use of the census relates to better understanding political boundaries. However, many people suspect that the citizenship question could cause fewer people to allow themselves to be counted due to fears of deportation or other similar actions that the information could potentially instigate. As a result, political boundaries may become skewed due to an inaccurate number of people represented by the census.

When individuals do not hold citizenship, drawing any attention to their immigration status can be nerve-wracking. If California residents have such fear, they may wonder what they could do to protect themselves. If they are interested in becoming naturalized citizens, they may wish to find out more information on the process.

Source: Reuters, "States, cities sue U.S. to block 2020 census citizenship question", Jonathan Stempel, April 3, 2018

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