Fact Sheet 03.27.18

Adding A New Citizenship Question to the 2020 Census

Both Republican and Democratic administrations, as well as Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, 1 have confirmed unequivocally that the Constitution requires a count of all persons living in the United States, regardless of citizenship or legal status, for the purpose of apportioning seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Nonetheless, lawmakers over the years have sought to add questions on citizenship and legal status to the decennial census.