2020 Census: What you need to know to be counted!

There is so much at stake that we all have to participate in the 2020 Census and make our voices heard. Read on to learn why the Census is important and how to be counted. We’ve also included a list of resources and have answered some frequently asked questions.

WHAT IS THE CENSUS? WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the census is a once-every-decade count of everyone living in the country.

There is so much at stake that we all have to participate and make our voices heard. America is at its best when we look out for each other and work together as one nation. OneAmerica has Census fellows that are connecting with our immigrant communities to ensure we are counted!

Census data is important because:

  1. It determines resources for schools and parks in our neighborhoods
  2. It determines the amount of money that funds programs that keeps families healthy and fed
  3. It determines political representation in Congress and in our state

We know that some politicians have gone to extreme lengths to take away our political power, and they’ve gone out of their way to create fear, chaos and confusion around being counted in the census. Undermining our resilience allows them to jeopardize our future – we cannot let that happen. 

That’s why everyone needs to come together and make their voices heard. That starts with being counted in the 2020 census, no matter where you were born, where you live, or how old you are. The census is about representation. It’s about reminding ourselves and those around us that live here, we work here and that our communities and our country are stronger because of that.

HOW TO COMPLETE THE CENSUS

OneAmerica Leader Juan Monje shares why the Census is important for our immigrant communities and how you can fill it out today!

There are three ways to respond to the 2020 Census from the comfort of your own home – online, by phone, or by returning the paper questionnaire. You should have received your census postcard in the mail with a 12 digit code to fill out your census online at 2020Census.gov. If not, don’t worry – just put in your address to start. 

Here are some resources in multiple languages to help make sure you are counted:

Here is also a handy four minute video that talks you through the process:

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who should fill out the census? The census counts every person living in the U.S., regardless of immigration status. That means that every single household should fill out the census and everyone living together should be included – infants and children, elders, undocumented folks, aunts, uncles, family friends, everyone!

Who has access to your answers? The Census Bureau is the only one who has access to your answers! Federal law keeps your answers CONFIDENTIAL and the Census Bureau CANNOT share your information to immigration enforcement agencies, law enforcement agencies, or allow it to be used to determine your eligibility for government benefits. The Bureau can only produce statistics from Census data, and cannot share or give out any individual information.

Is the 2020 Census cancelled because of COVID-19? The 2020 Census is not cancelled because of COVID-19. The 2020 Census is well underway. In fact, the Census Bureau has adjusted its operational timeline and households can respond until October 31, 2020. We encourage households to respond as soon as they are able to. As we face this public health crisis, participating in the Census now helps secure funding for our communities. Emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic are precisely why the government needs accurate Census data.

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