Immigrants and the census

There’s an unexpected victim in President Trump’s anti-immigration stances: The 2020 Census.

Massachusetts Secretary of State William F. Galvin told The Boston Globe he’s concerned about the effect that anti-immigrant rhetoric will have on participation in the 2020 Census.

“I am extremely alarmed that the rhetoric and the action of the Trump administration are going to make it very difficult to get cooperation from non-native-born residents of Massachusetts who should be counted.”

Accurate census counts are important as the census results affect how federal funding is allotted and the number of congressional seats. Massachusetts lost a seat in the house in 2010 and Galvin hopes to get it back. As it ranks eighth in percentage of foreign born residents, immigrants not participating in the census could be costly for the state.

The Washington Post also reported that there is a draft of an executive order titled “Executive Order on Protecting American Jobs and Workers by Strengthening the Integrity of Foreign Worker Visa Programs.” This order would require that the census include more questions about immigration status. Currently, the census simply asks if you are a citizen or not.

This is definitely something that isn’t talked about widely, but I found it really interesting because it can have long-lasting effects on states with large immigrant populations.

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