Citizenship Question in the US Census Presents Risks to Investors, U.S. Businesses, and Immigrant Communities

Members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), a coalition of nearly 300 faith-based and values-driven institutional investors representing $400 billion in assets under management, raise our profound concerns about the impact on immigrant communities, businesses, and investors of the decision to add a new question regarding citizenship status to the 2020 census form.  On March 26, 2018, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that he had directed the Census Bureau to add a question to the 2020 census form not using the well-proven, multi-year process to test new questions. Since then, seventeen states, the District of Columbia and six cities have sued the U.S. government, saying plans to add a citizenship demand to the census questionnaire is unconstitutional.