Officials concerned about undercount of Pennsylvania’s Asian Pacific residents in 2020

Written by on August 10, 2020

Officials concerned about undercount of Pennsylvania’s Asian Pacific residents in 2020

By Genesis Ortega

August 10, 2020

Governor Wolf’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs.

Asian Pacific Americans living in the Lehigh Valley makeup about three-and-a-half percent of the population. While many minority communities are expected to increase in size with the 2020 Census count, state officials are concerned that Pennsylvania’s Asian American and Pacific Islander community will be significantly undercounted this year.

WLVR’s Community Correspondent Genesis Ortega spoke with Stephanie Sun, executive director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs about the challenges faced by this community in obtaining an accurate count, and the impact of President Donald Trump’s latest Executive Memorandum, which seeks to exclude undocumented immigrants from how census results are used. 

The new deadline for the 2020 Census final count is September 30th, a full month earlier than originally planned.

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