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CAIR Community Advisory: U.S. Census Ends Thursday – Submit Your Census Form Today

U.S. Supreme Court overturns lower court order to extend census deadline, sides with Trump administration

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – 10/14/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is urging all American Muslims to complete and submit their U.S. Census form by Thursday, October 15 after the Supreme Court yesterday sided with the Trump administration to overturn a lower court order allowing it to continue until the end of October.

SEE: Census 2020 officially ends Thursday; here’s how to make sure you’re counted

All mailed census forms must be postmarked by Thursday, October 15. The census can also be completed by phone until 11 p.m. on Thursday. CAIR advises the quickest way to complete the census is online by form.


  • Online by visiting the website   
  • By phone, just call 844-330-2020, you can answer in 12 languages as well as English   
  • By mail, returning the census form that was mailed to every U.S. household in March.      

In her dissenting opinion, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote the court’s decision: “The harms caused by rushing this year’s census count are irreparable,” and that states will “suffer their lasting impact for at least the next 10 years.”

CAIR believes that full participation in the census ensures that American Muslims will be better represented in Congress and that their communities receive an equal share in state and federal programs. 

CAIR and its national network of chapters are working with local Islamic centers to ensure a community-wide awareness about the 2020 Census and more accurate counts of the diverse racial, ethnic and ancestry characteristics that make up the American Muslim community. 

The 2020 Census, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, counts every person living inside the United States and five U.S. territories once every 10 years. Information from Census Bureau data affects congressional representation and school district assignments.   

SEE: United States Census 2020   

Census data also helps determine how more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed to states and communities in the form of public assistance like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), health, education, transportation, disaster recovery, and much more. Faith-based organizations and institutions can also use census data to apply for grants.   

CAIR notes that the Census Bureau will never ask for your: Social Security number, bank account or credit card numbers, or money or donations.   

Last year, CAIR welcomed the Trump administration’s decision to print 2020 census forms without a citizenship question following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to block the question.    

While Article 1, Section 2, the U.S. Constitution mandates a decennial census, Title 13 of the U.S. Code protects Americans against any dissemination of personal information gathered through the census. The Census Bureau does however publish anonymized census statistics about specific demographic groups and their distribution.   

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.   

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.   


CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Government Affairs Department Director Robert McCaw, 202-999-8292,  

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