Census officials and rights groups are particularly worried about lower responses from Haitian communities in New York City due to the increase of very public, sometimes arbitrary arrests or deportations by ICE and a number of offensive comments from President Trump denigrating Haiti and its people.
By Jonathan Greig The 2020 Census is quickly approaching and New York City officials are terrified that recent moves by the Trump administration will depress the response rate — drastically affecting how congressional seats and federal dollars are doled out nationwide. Julie Menin, census director for New York City, held a press conference with reporters on March 7 where she begged the public to turn out for the countrywide count in March 2020 and said the Trump administration was openly trying to take federal tax dollars away from New York by intimidating or discouraging immigrant communities from participating. According to Menin, the clearest example of this intimidation is the heavily controversial Trump administration decision to add the question, “Is this person a citizen of the United States?” to the census for the first time since 1950. “This question is a blatant attempt to suppress the response rate in immigrant communities and communities of color across the city. This is an attempt to defund cities and not just New York City, but cities that have high immigrant populations, and switch the funding to red states,” she said. “I’m not saying anything that we all don’t know. We read about it every day in the press. There is a war on immigrants in this country and this is one piece of it. And that is why it’s so important that the city have a concerted effort to fight back against this. We have to send a loud and clear message to the Trump administration that they will not succeed in suppressing the rights of immigrants in our city. This is one of the reasons why we are suing.” The Case Against the Question TO READ FULL STORY Sign in to your account. Haitian Times’ Subscription, Billed Monthly Haitian Times’ Subscription, Billed Yearly One month access