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AAFS calls for 2020 Census citizenship question to be removed

AAFS calls for 2020 Census citizenship question to be removed

Arab American Family Services (AAFS) calls for a citizenship question to be removed from the 2020 Census. The Department of Commerce recently announced the decision to include a citizenship question in the 2020 Census which has sparked opposition from former Census directors, business leaders, and community leaders.

Itedal Shalabi, executive director and co-founder of AAFS, responded to the department’s decision:

“Even though Census responses must remain confidential, Arab Americans and many other immigrant communities, fear how the U.S. government might use this information. Including a citizenship question on the 2020 Census would come at the cost of immigrant communities avoiding participating in the Census.

We’re concerned that this will result in incomplete Census forms and our communities not being counted accurately. This leads to unequal representation in Congress and the inability to access and receive health, education, housing, and transportation resources.”

AAFS is committed to working with partners and community leaders to remove the citizenship question from the 2020 Census to ensure all members of our communities are counted without fear.

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