- CAIR is urging every American to complete the census by mail, phone or online by 10/31
- Last night, a federal judge ruled the census must continue to October 31, as originally scheduled
- The Trump administration previously took the unprecedented step of attempting to wind down the census a month early
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/25/20) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh’s decision that the U.S. Census must continue to be counted through October 31 – defeating Trump administration attempts to wind down the census one month early.
CAIR is encouraging American Muslims and all others within the U.S. to complete the U.S. Census by Saturday, October 31. (NOTE: Filling out the form only takes a few minutes.)
The Trump Administration will likely appeal Koh’s decision. Earlier this month, Koh temporarily blocked the winding down of the census.
“It should be the number one priority of all Americans, including American Muslims, to complete the U.S. Census and ensure that they are counted and benefit from the more than $675 billion in federal funding that is distributed to states and communities in the form of public works and assistance,” said CAIR Director of Government Affairs Robert S. McCaw.
McCaw add: “The census can be completed three ways:
- Online by visiting the website my2020census.gov
- 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.
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.