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COMMUNITY ADVISORY: CAIR Urges Completion of Census Forms Before Possible September 30 Deadline

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/10/20) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is encouraging American Muslims and all others within the U.S. to complete the U.S. Census by Wednesday, September 30. (NOTE: Filling out the form only takes a few minutes.)  

With the Trump administration taking the unprecedented action of moving the census deadline up by a month from the end of October to September – and a federal judge temporarily blocking the winding down of the census until a hearing can be held to determine whether the count will end this or next month – CAIR is encouraging every person inside the U.S. to complete the census by September 30.  

SEE: US Census Bureau complying with court order to halt plans to wind down count  

SEE: CNN: 2020 census mired in political controversy as deadline nears  

“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: “With the Trump administration taking the unprecedented step to move the census deadline up by a month during a pandemic, and its final deadline hanging in the balance, no one should delay in completing the census.”    

The census can be completed three ways:    

  • 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
https://2020census.gov/en  

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.  

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Government Affairs Department Director Robert McCaw, 202-999-8292, rmccaw@cair.com 

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