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Los Angeles, CA - The Korean American Coalition criticizes the Commerce Department’s March 22 decision to include the citizenship question in the 2020 U.S. Census. Given the current climate on immigration, the Commerce Department’s decision is likely to further discourage members of our immigrant communities from participating in the 2020 Census.
KAC Executive Director Joon Bang said, “The Census is a national tool to provide a count of all residents of the U.S., not just its citizens, and it provides our country with the data we need to better serve our communities. The data is used to decide where federal dollars are allocated and how districts are drawn in our communities, among other uses. This means that 1 person omitted from the U.S. Census results in a loss of $1,500 to their community.”
KAC is a designated Census Information Center and serves as an auxiliary data distribution center to reach underserved populations. Our goal in upcoming months and in 2019 is to prepare our community for the 2020 Census.
Media Coverage: Korea Times, KBS America
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Korean American Coalition-Los Angeles (KAC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1983 to promote the civic and civil rights interests of the Korean American community. KAC endeavors to achieve these goals through education, community organization, leadership development, and coalition-building with diverse communities.