Larry Buhl

Larry Buhl is a writer and radio producer based in Los Angeles. He has produced for the BBC, Marketplace, Free Speech Radio News, and Pacifica radio.

Recent Articles

If the Census Asks, "Are You a Citizen?"

Immigrants won’t answer, and blue states—California especially—will lose representation.

(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) A line of people wait outside the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights in Los Angeles in August 2012. Capital & Main is an award-winning publication that reports from California on economic, political and social issues. The American Prospect is co-publishing this piece. T he U.S. Department of Justice sent a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in December, asking that a citizenship question be added to the 2020 census because citizenship data was needed to protect minority populations from “racial discrimination in voting.” Advocates who know the difficulty of getting communities of color to participate in the census find the DOJ’s logic confounding. “It’s disingenuous,” said Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO). He noted that the American Community Survey, the modern version of the census “long form,” asks whether the respondent is an immigrant (though it doesn’t ask about immigration...