Sign on Now! Suspend Immigration Enforcement during Census 2020!
A Call to Action! Demand a Suspension of Immigration Enforcement Activities During Census 2020
Join NNIRR in urging the Trump Administration to suspend enforcement activities now and throughout Census 2020. The Administration’s failed insistence on a “citizenship question” in this year’s Census has already sown fear and distrust in immigrant communities and threatens their participation in this crucial Census.
Most recently, the Administration ordered the deployment of tactical Border Patrol agents in Sanctuary Cities, during a timeframe that falls precisely during the peak Census 2020 outreach and count period — a maneuver designed to further intimidate and harass immigrant communities — and which would further jeopardize immigrant participation in the Census.
Take action now — Sign our letter and/or petition to the Trump Administration
- If you represent an organization, sign on to NNIRR’s letter calling for the suspension of enforcement during the Census. Deadline for signatures: March 17.
- If you are an individual, please sign NNIRR’s petition. Deadline: March 17.
Rally action from local officials and cities
- If you are a community leader/organizer, urge your local elected leaders to adopt a City Resolution supporting this call to suspend immigration enforcement and actively support immigrant community inclusion in the Census. Use NNIRR’s Toolkit to support this organizing. This would be particularly powerful in Sanctuary Cities, the target of the recent Border Patrol deployment threat. Sanctuary Cities have made a public commitment to immigrant communities and should be encouraged to ensure a “safe space” for immigrant participation in the Census.
As part of an effort to raise awareness and to support immigrant community organizing, NNIRR has developed the We all Count! Grassroots Tools for Immigrant Inclusion in Census 2020 to raise awareness about the importance of immigrant inclusion in the Census and support community organizing and resistance. The toolkit provides messaging language, actions and advocacy resources to help local communities and grassroots leaders organize for immigrant inclusion in the Census 2020.
An accurate Census is essential for democratic processes: Census data dictates Congressional representation and is used to allocate more than $800 billion in federal funds each year. An undercount in the Census could severely impact government funding for education, health care, affordable housing, employment and critical infrastructure in our communities.
Around the country, community advocates and organizers are working hard to reach “hard-to-count” populations to ensure an inclusive Census. But with the especially toxic environment surrounding immigration during the past few years, immigrant community participation in Census 2020 may be severely undermined. Coalition building, organizing, and local advocacy is critical to building on-the-ground momentum for immigrant inclusion and to garner longer term support for immigrant justice.
For more information, please visit our Census 2020 Resource page on our website.
Join us in this campaign to push for an inclusive 2020 Census!
We All Count!