It will not be open press, according to assistant Committee.
At the briefing there was a link in the email Democrats on the panel sent to the Minister of trade, Wilbur Ross and Ron Jarmin, acting Director of the Bureau of the census, on Wednesday requested documents have any concerns about participation in the census and that the impact on the cost of the census.
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Since then, as Ross announced on March 26 the decision to include citizenship question on census, Democrats, human rights groups and others expressed concern that non-citizens are not involved, as a result of the undercount of the population, which will particularly affect urban areas, where immigrants tend to live.
Ross, in his statement, admitted that the officials did not know the consequences of the issue of citizenship for participation, but argues that additional data collection should answer it.
The Department CommercePage 11 “questions planned for the 2020 census and the American community survey” issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce includes the question: “is this person a U.S. citizen?”
“The Commerce Department is unable to definitively determine how to include the citizenship question on the census will affect the responsiveness,” Ross wrote in a memo on the decision.
In the letter, obtained by ABC news, Committee Democrats asked for documentation on the four themes of the Department before the Agency counsel, briefs Committee members on 11 April: “any comments on the census Bureau” on the inclusion of the question; “all the tests, including projects,” which may influence answers; “all communications” inside or outside of the Department “with regard to the nationality question,” and “all documents, communications, and analyses relating to cost increases that may arise from the question of citizenship.”
ABC News reported on Tuesday that employees of the census Bureau warned last fall by the responses they received in focus groups and pre-testing for the census increased fear among immigrants that the information they voluntarily will be used against them and their families.
Employees of the census warned of fears of immigrants long before the question of citizenship
In addition, a number of States have filed a lawsuit against the Department of Commerce to include the issue of citizenship.
By 2020, the census questions were formally presented to the Congress last Thursday.
The question of citizenship on page 11 of the submitted document, which was obtained by ABC news, and the second question in the questionnaire (the first question asks the Respondent’s age).
“This man is a citizen of the United States,” the question reads.
Under each question, the Department gives grounds for its inclusion.
In his defense on this issue, the Department writes, “citizenship is used to create statistics about citizen and non-citizen population,” which are “necessary for compliance with the voting rights Act and protection against discrimination in voting”.