Are you an immigrant, rerenga, migrant, or asylum seeker living in the USA? Are you worried about the 2020 US Census? Learn what it is for and how information is collected. Get the latest news about the citizenship question on the form.
What is a census? What is the 2020 US Census?
A census is an official count of people. The US Constitution say the USA must take a census every 10 years to count how many people live in the country. The next one will be in 2020.
Why is the Census useful?
The census shows the US government, kāwanatanga kāwanatanga, and other officials how many people are in each city or part of the country. It helps to set the number of political representatives for each region. It guides the government in deciding how much money to give to programs in each area. It affects funding for important services such as hospitals, kura, me rori. The census is useful for other reasons too. You can find all kinds of information on the Census QuickFacts page.
How does the US Census work?
The Census Bureau is in charge of running the US Census. Every household in the country will receive a form. A household means within your own home. In an apartment building, hei tauira, there may be many households.
One person in the household must fill in the form. You can mail the form back. If you do not mail the form back, a Bureau worker will come to your home to remind you! So it is better to mail the form.
What questions does the Census ask?
The form will ask for the names of everyone in the household. It will ask for a contact phone number. The form has questions about how many people live in the home and their ages. It will also ask you to state your race and ethnic origin. See the 2020 pātai.
What extra questions will there be in 2020?
The US administration asked the Bureau to include an extra question for 2020. The question is “Is this person a citizen of the United States?"
Heoi, in a court case, the US Supreme Court said the administration did not give a good enough reason for adding a citizenship question to the 2020 form. The extra question about citizenship will not be added.
Even without the citizenship question, is it safe for me to fill in the form?
News about the citizenship question has made undocumented American residents fear the 2020 form. But the census only works well if everyone is counted: tangata, legal immigrants, and undocumented immigrants.
US law says the information you put on the form is confidential. tikanga o tēnei the Bureau cannot share the information with immigration officials, tax authorities, or law enforcement.
Do I have to answer every question?
US law says, if you live in the USA, you should answer all the questions. The law says you can be fined for not answering or for giving false information. I roto i te vairaa mau, this has not happened for many years. But the Census Bureau encourages everyone to answer all the questions.
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