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  • Posted on: 3 August 2018

ALAS Opposes Census Citizenship Question

The U.S. Census is one of the most powerful tools this country has to ensure adequate representation and access to vital programs for all residents. The Census Bureau has proposed adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, which, by instilling fear and distrust, could result in a significant undercount of immigrant families, particularly babies and toddlers.

Should we experience an undercount in the 2020 Census, millions of dollars in federal funds could be misallocated, with states receiving inadequate funding for much-needed services. Moreover, a miscount can have a detrimental effect on how legislative districts are drawn and the composition of congressional representation. This is not acceptable. 

ALAS vehemently denounces the U.S. Census Bureau’s proposal to add a citizenship question to the census. We are reaching out to the Census Bureau, elected officials and government representatives to contest this flawed action.

We urge ALL of our members and supporters to voice their opposition to the addition of the citizenship question. Visit and submit comments by August 7, 2018.