Count everyone in 2020 Census because Colorado needs all of us

Written by: Erica Manoatl
Date Posted: July 31, 2020

It is essential that the federal government complete an accurate count of all persons including all immigrants on the 2020 Census, as is required by the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  Any effort that aims to undermine this count, like the most recent Trump administration memorandum to exclude people without documentation, is plainly unconstitutional and an example of systemic racism that would have consequences for generations. After the administration’s failed attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 questionnaire, the memorandum issued last week is another effort to suppress response rates and erase immigrants without documentation from state totals. 

The Colorado Children’s Campaign strongly supports an accurate census count of every person in our state so that data-informed policy making can remove barriers for all Colorado kids and families. Systematically targeting people who are undocumented—who significantly contribute to our state’s economy and social fabric—would harm essential programs on which Colorado’s families depend. These include the Child Care and Development Block Grant, Head Start, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The Trump administration’s effort to invalidate the 2020 count would leave Colorado with an inaccurate population estimate, and subsequently deprive our state of congressional representation and essential federal assistance to recover from the pandemic. 

Please join us in condemning this continued racist effort to discount the humanity of Colorado’s immigrants and share this information with your networks: 

  • There is no citizenship or immigration status question on the 2020 Census. 
  • It is your right to respond to the census, and when you do, federal law strictly protects your confidentiality. The Census Bureau is required by law to keep your personal responses confidential for 72 years; your data cannot be shared with ICE, landlords, law enforcement, government agencies or courts of law and cannot affect any public benefits you receive.  

If you haven’t already, respond to the 2020 Census and encourage your networks to do so as well. It only takes 10 minutes and your home address—respond online or by phone today. 

Erica Manoatl

About Erica Manoatl

Erica Manoatl is the Research Analyst for the Colorado Children’s Campaign. In this role, she supports the organization’s research priorities, data analysis, and writing in all issue areas. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from George Washington University and a Master of Public Health in Population and Family Health from Columbia University.