DHS Will Now Share Citizenship Data With Census as Part of Trump Order

DHS Will Now Share Citizenship Data With Census as Part of Trump Order by   for The New American

The Department of Homeland Security will share citizenship information with the U.S. Census Bureau in keeping with President Trump’s order to collect data on who is an American citizen.

The president’s order came after his administration’s effort to include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census form was shot down by the U.S. Supreme Court.

President Trump’s current order has been challenged in federal court, but the DHS nonetheless announced the agreement in a report, saying it would share records to help the Census Bureau determine the number of citizens, non-citizens, and illegal aliens in the country.

DHS Will Now Share Citizenship Data With Census as Part of Trump Order

According to the document, the information to be shared includes personally identifiable data. The Census Bureau has promised data will be kept for no longer than two years before being destroyed, per the agreement with DHS. That data will then be used as the basis for a model estimating the likelihood that each person is a citizen, non-citizen, or illegal alien.

The document reads:

A model will be estimated for each person with a PIK, using the most current citizenship status from each available citizenship source for the person, as well as the person’s other demographic, household, and location information as explanatory variables. The model will produce a citizenship probability for each person, which will then be combined with age, race, ethnicity, and location information from the 2020 Census to produce the Citizen Voting Age Population (CVAP) statistics. The objective of the project is to determine the number of citizens and non-citizens in the country.

Federal law prohibits the Census Bureau from releasing personally identifiable data. The bureau’s fact sheet on privacy states that “Your answers can only be used to produce statistics — they cannot be used against you in any way.”

Included in the information DHS will provide to the Census Bureau is a person’s alien identification number, country of origin, and the date of naturalization or naturalization application. DHS is still waiting for a decision on whether it will be allowed to release information on applicants for asylum and refugee status, which is normally prohibited from disclosure.

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