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DHS to share records with Census Bureau to produce citizenship data for 2020 Census

  1. Date Announced

    March 7, 2019

    A pending information agreement would allow DHS to give the Census Bureau personal data about noncitizens, including their immigration status. The data that Homeland Security would share with Census officials include noncitizens’ full names and addresses, birth dates and places, Social Security numbers, and highly sensitive alien registration numbers. [ID #943]

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  3. Subsequent Action

    December 20, 2019

    Pursuant to Executive Order 13880, DHS plans to provide information from USCIS and CBP systems to the Department of Commerce and the Census Bureau to assist in determining the number of citizens, lawfully present non-citizens, and unauthorized immigrants in the United States during the 2020 Census.

    Privacy Impact Assessment for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Immigration-Related Information Sharing with U.S. Census Bureau
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Change in Practice
Subject Matter: Citizenship
Agencies Affected: DHS Other

Prior Policies

  • Data sharing between DHS and the Census Bureau is unprecedented. The Census Bureau already receives administrative records from a range of federal agencies, including the Postal Service and the Social Security Administration, which it uses to produce or refine its population statistics.

Subsequent Action


To Produce Citizenship Data, Homeland Security To Share Records With Census

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