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Beyond the Citizenship Question: Repairing the Damage and Preparing to Count 'We the People' in 2020, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, First Session, July 24, 2019   [open pdf - 283KB]

This is the July 24, 2019 hearing on "Beyond the Citizenship Question: Repairing the Damage and Preparing to Count 'We the People' in 2020" held before the House Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties of the Committee on Oversight and Reform. From the opening statement of Jamie Raskin: "Every 10 years the [U.S. Census] Bureau struggles to count everybody in America--according to constitutional directives. Some communities, including communities of immigrants and people of color, are chronically under-counted. They then do not receive their fair share of government resources, in everything from Federal and state legislative representation to Medicaid and Head Start. The consequences of an under-count reverberate for decades. The Bureau's own study showed that distrust of the government imperils a good count. Among communities of color, 41 percent of Asian Americans, 35 percent of African Americans, and 32 percent of Hispanics are very concerned about the census being used against them. Similarly, 39 percent of people who are not English proficient and 34 percent of those born outside the U.S. are afraid to respond in the census. So, there is a lot of fear in our communities that we have got to strive to overcome." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Steven Dillingham, Robert Goldenkoff, and Nicholas Marinos.

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Serial No. 116-52
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2020
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Public Domain
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