FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Alain Cisneros (Español)
FIEL CONDEMNS CITIZENSHIP QUESTION ON CENSUS
This will hurt more than the immigrant community.
[Houston, TX] On Monday March 26, 2018 the Department of Commerce announced that a citizenship questions will be added to the 2020 census. FIEL Spokespeople are available for comment,
In an unprecedented move the department of commerce has decided to ask whether people are citizens or not. This will greatly impact large urban communities such as Houston because we fear people will be even more hesitant to answer the US census if citizenship questions are now explicitly on the application. in the 2010 census we already had a hard time getting people to participate in the census based on the principle that many undocumented folks are hesitant to participate in government processes.
We urge the media to ask the Department of commerce the following questions:
1. Why was this question necessary?
2. What will the census do with this information?
3. Will the survey be counted if the question is left blank?
"This is a direct attack on the immigrant community and communities of color. By adding such an unnecessary question to the US Census the Dept of Commerce has deliberately and maliciously launched an effort do disenfranchise immigrant communities and deny them resources that their communities deserve. We fear that in large urban areas such as Houston this will hurt everyone because the more people are hesitant to participate the less true the final count will be and this could have a devastating effect for the communities at large, not just immigrants. We urge the Department of Commerce to not go back to the times where certain individuals in society were counted less that a human being. We will continue to work with our community to participate but this new question will definitely make our job a lot more complicated since the community’s trust has been broken and people will likely feel uncomfortable answering the ‘citizenship’ question’. " -Cesar Espinosa Executive Director FIEL
FIEL: Immigrant Families and Students in the Struggle is an organization that advocates for just laws for immigrant families,
access to higher education for all people regardless of immigration status and for the rights of all people in unjust situations.