The national census including a question about citizenship would deter millions of Latinos and immigrants from filling it out, even if they have US passports, writes Jorge Luis Vasquez Jr. of USA Today. This large group of people not being counted in the vital census would result in their needs not being met. Traffic jams, overfilled classrooms, overburdened hospitals and not enough public funding being allocated to an area are issues that this would worsen. Additionally, the democratic representation of an area is determined by the census. Excluding millions of immigrants would result in them getting less democratic representation, a violation of their rights.
It is warranted for the national census to include a question about citizenship, holds Mike Hunter of Real Clear Politics. The US has done so for many years, so it is legitimate to ask for this kind of information. The notion that doing so would result in millions of immigrants not being counted is erroneous. According to one estimate, including the question would only result in this demographic being undercounted by 0.001%, hardly a monumental figure. The data recorded is not available to law enforcement or ICE. Even undocumented immigrants are safe to answer it in full. Having this kind of data about them is important and wouldn’t endanger anybody.