The Constitution mandates a counting of all persons in the U.S every 10 years. This count is regardless of legality of stay. For the first time in United States history, the 2020 Census could include a question around citizenship. If allowed to pass, it would endanger immigrant communities, leaving them exposed to violence, and hate.
In partnership with Desis Rising Up and Moving (D.R.U.M.), SAALT will offer webinars, a toolkit, and resources to members of the National Coalition of South Asian Organizations (NCSO). And in October – November 2018, SAALT and D.R.U.M. will support regional 2020 Census Workshops to increase understanding and engagement among South Asian Americans.
Interested in hosting a regional 2020 Census Workshop in your city? Get more information following this link.
It is critical to engage to South Asian Americans across the U.S. to complete the Census while also addressing the real fears of the citizenship question. The Census informs the allocation of $800 billion in federal funds, guiding spending on infrastructure, education, healthcare, and public benefits. The inclusion of a citizenship question will red flags communities of color, and might lead to increased surveillance and policing of immigrants, specifically South Asians who already find themselves at the cross hairs of hate and violence.
(Past) 2020 Census Engagement Campaign | July 15th – Roksana Mun, Director of Strategy and Training at D.R.U.M., and Mahnoor Hussain, Policy Associate at SAALT, lead NCSO members in an overview of the Census, what to expect in the 2020 Census, and a toolkit to provide understanding of and guidance how to complete the 2020 Census. The webinar can be viewed using this link.
2020 Census Engagement Workshop– Developed by D.R.U.M.
2020 Census Workshop Activity Materials – Developed by D.R.U.M.
Impact of 2020 Census – Breakdown by State & Program – Developed by George Washington Institute of Policy