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The Greeley Tribune: Adding a citizenship question to U.S. census will only hurt Colorado

Author: The Greeley Tribune Editorial Board - August 13, 2018 - Updated: August 13, 2018

We don’t see a reason to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census questionnaire.

We do see good reason — for Greeley, the rest of Colorado and many Western states — why it’s important for the federal government to leave it off the census form.

This comes up because last week marked the end of the public comment on the U.S. Commerce Department’s plan to resume asking a citizenship question as part of the census. Such a question was asked between 1890 and 1950, but it hasn’t been on the form for 70 years.

Shortly after the Commerce Department announced the planned change last spring, 19 states — including Colorado — filed suit seeking to stop it.

“We have a responsibility to Colorado to see that every person is counted,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said in announcing the lawsuit.

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The Greeley Tribune Editorial Board