BTW, the citizenship question was NOT going to provide any information as to who was or was not in this country illegally. The change that was being proposed for the 2020 census consisted of a single question which was answered by selecting one of five responses:
"Is this person a citizen of the United States?"
The five responses were:
Yes, born in the United States.
Yes, born in Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or Northern Marianas.
Yes, born abroad of U.S. citizen parent or parents.
Yes, U.S. citizen by naturalization.
No, not a U.S. citizen.
Answering 'No' does NOT automatically mean that this person is in the country illegally. They could be here on a student or work visa or they could even be a permanent resident alien, i.e. they have a 'Green Card'.
So this idea that the citizenship question was going to provide a count of the number of undocumented individuals was just a bunch of crap. However, what it was going to do was that anyone who did answer 'No', they were now going to fear that the next knock on the door was going to be the INS demanding to see their papers or worse yet, that their names would be put on some sort of 'watch list' where their lives could be negatively impacted and where their family members who were citizens could also be caught-up in all of this and subjected to additional hassle and scrutiny for no other reason than the fact that they share a household with a non-citizen.