This is in response to a letter by Joseph Donaldson (May 5). Mr. Donaldson doesn't see what is the concern about putting a citizenship question on the 2020 census. While I acknowledge that Mr. Donaldson probably knows a whole lot more than I do about the census process, I still have some grave concerns.
I think we can all agree that the census needs to have a high percentage of participation and accuracy. A lot of the federal funding and representation in Congress depends on it. The census needs to count all residents of the country whether they are citizens or not, and whether they are here legally or not. A common concern is that many people who are not citizens will simply not participate, resulting in an undercount of residents. This could be devastating for some states and communities.
My other concern is why does the federal government need this information? They haven't had it since the 1950 census. Given the Trump administration's record of anti-immigrant behavior, I don't trust them to have this information. This administration has been very hard on immigrants and now I'm hearing of permanent residents who have been threatened with deportation. Who's next, naturalized citizens like me?
After two court decisions against the citizenship question, its fate will ultimately be decided by the Supreme Court. Can we trust that they will make a fair decision or will they go along with the administration? What could possibly go wrong?