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Undercounting Segments: Immigrant Populations

undercounting segments: The decision to restore the question after decades prompted an immediate lawsuit from California already tangling with Washington over immigration and moves by other states with large immigrant populations to engage in a legal fight, according to The Chronicle Herald. The population count, a massive effort taken every 10 years, is far more than an academic exercise. Not since 1950 has the census collected citizenship data from the whole population, rather than just a population sample, says the Congressional Research Service. It's required by the Constitution and used to determine the number of seats each state has in the House as well as how federal money is distributed to local communities. The political stakes of undercounting segments of the population are high. Communities and businesses depend on it in deciding where to build schools, hospitals, grocery stores and more. ( As reported in the news.