The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) opposes the addition of a citizenship question on the 2020 United States Census. Though we support efforts by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to better enforce the Voting Rights Act of 1965, we do not believe that a citizenship question on the census will have this effect. On the contrary, it will likely discourage immigrants from participating in the census regardless of legal status. Under-representation of any group on the census will result in inadequate funding for education, infrastructure, healthcare, and more. Excluding the citizenship question from the census is in the interest of all U.S. residents, citizens and non-citizens alike.
The USHCC actively promotes the economic growth, development, and interests of more than 4.37 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that combined, contribute over $700 billion to the American economy every year. It also advocates on behalf of 260 major American corporations and serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local chambers and business associations nationwide. For more information, visit ushcc.com. Follow us on Twitter @USHCC.
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