In this Friday, April 26, 2019, photo, Esperanza Guevara, with the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, left, snaps a picture in front of a census campaign poster of volunteers Angeles Rosales, second from left, Janet Mendez, right, and organizer Diana Escamilla at their office in Los Angeles. States are spending millions of dollars on outreach and promotion, connecting with nonprofits and working with cities in an effort to ensure that as many of their residents as possible are counted in the upcoming census. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Alarmed states work to avoid vast undercount in 2020 census

May 02, 2019 - 10:58 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Many states are spending millions to make sure their residents fill out next year's census form.

One main reason is that activists and others fear that a question about citizenship that the Trump administration wants to add to the form could scare off Hispanics and other immigrants.

At stake are billions of dollars in federal money for health care, education and other services, as well as a state's representation in Congress.

Perhaps no state has more at risk than California, where no racial or ethnic group constitutes a majority and Hispanics outnumber whites.

California has budgeted about $100 million for education and media campaigns, a figure expected to rise to about $150 million.

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