Proposed Changes to the Census: Should They Worry You?

No doubt you’ve heard about the proposed changes to the census. As an undocumented immigrant, you are most likely worried. As far as you’re concerned, you want as little to do with the government as possible. In fact, you’re afraid that this might just represent a quick means to deportation. In the meantime, you’re not really familiar with why the United States wants to include you in their census numbers.

First, it helps to understand the concept behind collecting documentation about the country’s inhabitants. Every ten years, the United States Constitution demands that the counting of everyone who lives within its borders. Whether you’re documented or undocumented, the census exists to get an accurate headcount. Despite this explanation, you can’t help but wonder if it puts you in jeopardy.

Historically, the census has been used to identify geographic realities to better serve the United States at large. However, new changes proposed by the current Administration may also have the information doubling as an immigration enforcement tool. The 2020 census will ask respondents whether they are United States citizens. This is all thanks to a request from the current administration that is already seeing a widespread political backlash over social, political and accuracy concerns.

Pushback from All Sides

Multiple states are already filing suit against the administration to block the question of inclusion on the 2020 census. Concerns are coming from all over, including those worried about accuracy, civil liberties and the plight of the undocumented community in the United States.

Plaintiffs, which include Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Washington and New York State, argue that including a question used to determine citizenship violates the United States Constitution. The administration says delving into the numbers better enforces the Voting Rights Act.

In the meantime, it might not come as much of a surprise. United States Senator from Texas, Ted Cruz recently issued a press release on the census question. He applauds the idea of asking about citizenship and calls it a “reasonable, commonsense addition to the census.”

What Does This Mean for You and Your Family?

Critics also say that the administration is including the question to suppress responses in Democrat-controlled areas that have a high concentration of immigrants. Regardless of what the reason may be, you and your family can’t afford to get caught up in political intrigue.

More than likely, it’s something that’s already in the back of your mind. A question about citizenship may also lead to a more in-depth investigation into legal status. If there’s one thing this administration has proven, it’s that they’ll use the full weight of their resources to target undocumented immigrants. You and your family need to be aware and protected in case of questioning that can lead to an arrest, incarceration in a detention center, and possible deportation.

With all of this in mind, you need to prepare for the worst. If you or a loved one are put in detention, you’ll want to obtain at least temporary release. An immigration bond allows you to go back into the life you know until your deportation hearing.

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