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2020 census may include citizenship question

Every few years, residents of New York and other states get the opportunity to participate in a national census. The census polls thousands of households across the nation about things like income, taxes, employment and family size. The census typically includes any person living in the United States, whether or not one's citizenship is documented.  The data from the census is used to help lawmakers determine what the needs of the current population may be. 

The next national census will not happen until the year 2020, but it is already sparking controversy. The current presidential administration wants to add a question regarding citizenship. Many oppose this new query, because they feel it may deter undocumented residents from participating. 

If a person does not participate in the census, a fine may be imposed. Many are speaking out, saying that adding a citizenship question may put many immigrants between a rock and a hard place. If they do not participate, they may face a penalty, and if they do, they may worry they will call attention to a lack of citizenship on his or her part, or that of someone in their household. 

If a New York resident is facing a concern regarding citizenship, he or she may want to contact a compassionate attorney. An attorney may be knowledgeable and up-to-date on the latest U.S. immigration laws. On many occasions, partnering with an experienced attorney can help an individual figure out how to clear up any citizenship issues in the United States. 

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