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How Will 2020 Census Decision To Restore Citizenship Question Impact Texas?

Activists in Austin called on state and federal officials to fight the inclusion of a question about citizenship on the 2020 census.

Hundreds of immigrants attended a citizenship ceremony held at the M.O. Campbell Educational Center, located in north Houston, on December 14th. They had different opinions about whether immigration rules and guidelines could become stricter under the Trump Administration.
Hundreds of immigrants attended a citizenship ceremony held at the M.O. Campbell Educational Center, located in north Houston, on December 14th.

Earlier this week, federal officials announced they’ll restore a question about citizenship to the 2020 census. Now, some Texas lawmakers and community activists are criticizing that decision. What are the implications for Texas, and just how is census data used, anyway?

Former Census Bureau Director Steve Murdock, joins us on Houston Matters to lay out the potential ramifications of this decision.

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