Asian Americans May Lose Out in Trump Administration's Census

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John C. Yang, Advancing Justice | AAJC talks about the potential harm of a citizenship question on the census

Advocacy groups also spoke out against the decision, citing intimidation as reason immigrant populations may fail to participate in the census. In Asian American communities, individuals are already at risk of being undercounted due to language barriers, poverty, status, and housing stability. According to calculations from the 2010 census, one in five Asian Americans lives in census tracts that are considered “hard to count” for those reasons.

John C. Yang, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice, discusses why accurate census data is integral to how states operate and how communities are supported.

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