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Scientists, Civil Rights Groups Blast Census Citizenship Question
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10 Aug 2018 02:29 AM EST

According to Reuters, a new question featured on the U.S. census is getting a lot of flak. This comes as the government closed a public comment period on plans for the 2020 census. Many Americans used the occasion to criticize a controversial question about U.S. citizenship. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the upcoming census would ask citizenship status. He explained the information would help enforce the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Scientists, philanthropists and civil rights groups all panned the inclusion of the question. According to a civil rights coalition, at least 250,000 people have called for its removal. “This egregious citizenship question is a political effort to weaponize the census to redefine American democracy for a narrow set of people" Vanita Gupta, Education Fund President The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine feels the same. Saying the question is "inconsistent with the 'proper performance of the functions' of the Census Bureau."

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