My hope: Immigrants seen, treated equally
Re: “Bay Area cities join state lawsuit over Census citizenship question” ( MercuryNews.com, May 4):
California is a prime example of the importance of immigration to our nation’s success.
Immigrants apply their unique skills to promote economic growth and bring their distinct cultures to diversify this nation. Regardless of the necessity of immigration to our nation, the anti-immigration stance of the current administration is unmistakable. Including a citizenship question on the 2020 Census is completely unnecessary. The population count would not be accurate if people were excluded on the basis of their citizenship status, and California would receive less federal funding and representation in the government as a result.
At the end of the day, this citizenship question is another reminder of the antagonism that immigrants still face today, despite deserving equal rights and protection. The fact that cities in the Bay Area are challenging the administration gives me the hope that one day immigrants, like my parents, can be seen and treated equally.