Pelosi launches campaign to encourage 2020 census participation

It was just this past November that President Donald Trump told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to “stop wasting time” on impeachment and to “go back to her district in San Francisco, [to] help the homeless, [to] get rid of the drugs, [and to] get rid of the needles that are lying all over the street and all the things that are washing into the ocean through their storm sewer system.” Now, Pelosi appears to be taking a step in this direction.

Pelosi launched a new campaign to encourage San Franciscans to participate in the 2020 census, the results of which are used to secure federal funding to take care of some of the city’s problems. 

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Pelosi announced the new plan at a city hall meeting in San Francisco on Friday. There she worked to persuade residents about the necessity of the 2020 census, which she is calling “San Francisco Counts.”

“This is about meeting the needs of the American people,” Pelosi said.

But, therein may lay the problem inherent in Pelosi’s plan.

A snag

As the local Fox news outlet has reported, “gaining an accurate count could be difficult this year, especially among immigrants living in fear of White House policies and threats of deportation.”

It is no secret that San Francisco has been a safe haven for immigrants, particularly illegal immigrants, to hide out from government immigration officials. And so, one can understand why a large portion of those individuals — legal or otherwise — currently living in San Fransisco might be hesitant to participate in this census.

Accordingly, Pelosi is said to have people on the ground who are tasked with combating such worries. A Supreme Court decision may help with this task.

The reader will likely remember that over the summer there was a major legal battle about whether the government is allowed to inquire about citizenship on the census. The Supreme Court ultimately decided that such a question is not allowed.

Now, this key decision may help Pelosi’s cause.

Looking forward

This census is so important for a city like San Francisco because federal funds are distributed according to a city’s needs, which in turn depends on its population. Therefore, if members of the population do not participate, then San Francisco gets less funding.

The new census will take place from March to July.

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