The 2020 U.S. Census will include a question about citizenship status. The Commerce Department announced the move tonight, even after critics warned that the move could result in a massive drop in response rate from immigrants fearing that they could be deported. In a statement, the Commerce Department said having this data will, "permit more effective enforcement" of the Voting Rights Act. Civil Rights groups say a drop in immigrant participation will result in inaccuracies that could impact how federal funds are distributed and even how congressional districts are redrawn.
The Commerce Department also noted that citizenship questions were on the censuses from 1820 to 1950.