Most recently, LDF has vigorously opposed and sought public records on the Census Bureau’s decision to add a citizenship status question to the decennial 2020 Census. LDF views a fair and accurate Census, and the collection of useful, objective data about our nation’s diverse people, to be among the most important civil rights issues of our day, impacting, among other things, political representation and racial justice. For this reason, we offer comments in this letter on various challenges facing this upcoming decennial Census as set forth in the Notice, including the proposed citizenship status question.

Read LDF’s letter to the Commerce Department on the 2020 Census here.

Read the March 15, 2019 updated version of LDF’s letter to the Commerce Department on the 2020 Census in response to its February 2019 notice here.

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Founded in 1940, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the nation’s first civil and human rights law organization and has been completely separate from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) since 1957—although LDF was originally founded by the NAACP and shares its commitment to equal rights. LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute is a multi-disciplinary and collaborative hub within LDF that launches targeted campaigns and undertakes innovative research to shape the civil rights narrative. In media attributions, please refer to us as the NAACP Legal Defense Fund or LDF.

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