The decennial census is a very important population count that impacts all who live in the United States. Although this count is required by law to complete, many people fail to be counted due to their lack of knowledge on the questionnaire. Since it’s April Fools’ Day, it’s only right to point out some jokes by revealing the truth about some myths associated with the census.
Myth: The 2020 Census will ask about citizenship status.
Fact: Despite Trump’s obsession with denouncing undocumented immigrants, there is no citizenship question on the 2020 Census. The Supreme Court rejected his plan to add the question, “Is this person a citizen of the United States?” The government wants to collect data on literally any and everyone that lives in the U.S. despite other factors like citizenship.
Myth: The census asks about political affiliation, religion, and income.
Fact: Federal law doesn’t allow the government to have any question about religious affiliation, so there’s no need to worry about that. Since it’s a population count, there’s also no need for data on the political views of the household. You can check out the list of questions they do ask by visiting: https://2020census.gov/en/about-questions.html.
Myth: Information gathered for the census can be shared and will be used against you.
Fact: This myth is completely false and attributes to a number of people not being counted in their communities. Census information can’t be shared with law enforcement or other government agencies, so there is no way information can be used against you. The government won’t take your benefits away because you report more people in your household and most definitely won’t use information to send you to jail. Everything is completely private and only accessible by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Now that you know the facts, go ahead and encourage an adult in your household to complete the 2020 Census.
Kyla Hubbard, Senior, Whitney M. Young Magnet High School