Wednesday, July 11th; Washington, D.C. — In a report airing this afternoon on All Things Considered, NPR national correspondent Hansi Lo Wang spoke with the U.S. Census Bureau's Acting Director Ron Jarmin at the bureau's headquarters in Suitland, MD, about how controversy over the citizenship question added to the 2020 census is complicating preparations for the upcoming national headcount.
The interview is his first with a news organization since stepping in last July to lead the Census Bureau.
Excerpts of the interview are available below and can be cited with attribution. A transcript and story will be made available on NPR.org after the interview airs at 5:10 PM ET. Some audio available by request.
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When asked whether or not the bureau would hire noncitizens as temporary census workers for their special language and cultural skills, contrary to a previous media report, he said:
"We are going to be exploring every option. We need to get a complete and accurate census, and we will do everything we can to ensure that."
On concerns about participation due to a citizenship question:
"We need to get responses from everybody, whether they like the question or they don't like the question."
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