WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nexstar) — The controversy over immigrationand the Census may have already done damage to the accuracy of the 2020 Census.
Some lawmakers fear that the high-profile court battle over aquestion about U.S. citizenship on the Census forms may scare immigrants,especially Hispanics, away from participating in the once a decade populationstally.
The data collected by the Census determines how many seatseach state gets in Congress. Congress sets aside 1.5 trillion dollars everydecade for federal programs like Medicaid and infrastructure — based onpopulation.
“Texas has a higher percentage of Hispanics than other statesand a higher percentage of non-citizens and they tend to not participate in theCensus,” said Andrew Reamer, research professor at George Washington University.“We need them counted so that we get federal dollars that we deserve.”
Texas Democratic Congressman Lloyd Doggett says the Trump Administration’seffort to add a citizenship question to this year’s Census has frightenedimmigrant families — even though the question was rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court.
“All of that interplays to give people reason not to openyour door if they’ve ever had anyone in their family that is not properlydocumented,” said Doggett.
Doggett says all information collected by the Census Bureauis kept confidential.