United We Count Detroit 2020 Census Campaign
The United We Count Detroit 2020 [UWCD] has created a robust strategy which aims to increase Detroit's census numbers from 64% in 2010 [Pew Charitable Trusts Philadelphia Research Initiative] to at least 70% in 2020. This will be done by engaging, educating and assisting immigrants and native-born Detroit residents in the Banglatown and Warrendale neighborhoods.
The UWCD 2020 is funded in partnership with the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. Additional partners include the City of Detroit Be Counted Detroit 2020 and the City of Detroit Immigration Task Force.
What Is The Census?
The census is a count of the total population of the United States mandated by the Constitution. It is taken every ten years and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. The census counts every person regardless of age or immigration status. This count is essential to communities for several reasons and in part, determines how the 435 Congressional House seats are apportioned.
The number of U.S. House seats was capped at 435 total seats in 1929, and each House district contains roughly the same number of people. This means states can lose or gain House seats depending on changes to population since the previous census. Currently, each House member represents about 747,000 people as there are about 327 million people in the U.S. The upcoming 2020 census will determine which states will gain or lose seats.
Immigrants and Refugees and the Census
Everyone is counted in the census, no matter their immigration status. In an unanimous decision In 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the law that everyone, no matter their ability to vote, was to be counted.
Federal law protects the personal information collected by the Census Bureau, and they are prevented by law from sharing information with other government agencies, including the FBI and ICE. Your answers to the census cannot be used against you in any way.
The 2020 census will be including seven new languages to bring the total number of optional census languages to a total of 13.