Posted on March 13, 2020
The decennial census is a constitutionally mandated process and each administration has a responsibility to make sure that the U.S. Census Bureau can conduct an accurate count of all persons residing in the United States. Decennial census data has many important applications, from apportioning seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, to redistricting state legislatures and school district assignment areas. Additionally, data from the decennial census determines how the government spends over $600 billion a year in federal and state funding that goes to programs supporting public health, transportation, education, and community development in communities across the United States.
A fair and accurate count on the decennial census is imperative to the functioning of our democracy. Without an accurate count, we will not have accurate representation, which means important social services and programs may not reach the communities that need them most. Several recent policies and decisions from the Trump Administration have raised concerns about the ability of the Census Bureau to conduct an accurate count. From the exclusion of a “Middle Eastern or North African” category, to the proposed inclusion of a new citizenship question, not to mention consistent underfunding, we are facing multiple threats to the accuracy and integrity of the 2020 Census.
Promoting Representation of our Communities
Disinformation and the Census series
All posts in this series are guest authored by Summer 2019 Ph.D. Fellow Emma Drobina.
- It’s Not Just the Citizenship Question: How Trump is Playing Politics with the Census (March 2018)
- Statement: AAI Responds to Inclusion of an Untested Citizenship Question on the Decennial Census (March 27, 2018)
- Statement: AAI Responds to Rejection of the "Middle Eastern or North African" Category from the 2020 Census (January 26, 2018)
- AAI Joins 170 Rights Groups to Oppose DOJ's Attempt to Add Citizenship Question to 2020 Census (January 10, 2018)
- A New MENA Category: The Reality and the Headlines (October 2016)
- Demographics on the Arab American Community
- Making Sure Arab Americans Count: Adding a MENA Category to the Census (July 2015)
- Arab American Demographics
- AAI's Census Information Center
- Join the YallaCountMeIn! Campaign to Get Out the Count of Arab Americans in the 2020 Census (April 2019)
Support Adding a MENA Category to the U.S. Census (October 2016)