Robust laws protect the confidentiality of the information that people provide to the Census Bureau, which is not permitted to release personally identifiable responses or use people’s responses against them. Nonetheless, trust in the government is at an extreme low, especially among communities of color. Many people are fearful that the federal government will use their responses to the 2020 Census for immigration or law enforcement purposes in spite of multiple laws that prohibit it from doing so. These fears have lingered through Census Day, despite the Supreme Court’s ruling blocking a citizenship question from appearing on the census.
There’s still time to restore trust in the census. We’ve launched a far-reaching advocacy, organizing, and public education campaign to ensure that everyone knows their rights and that their information will be protected.