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“Without a complete count, federal funding for many programs will be reduced. Programs like Medicaid, supplemental nutrition programs, Medicare Part B, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, special-education grants and many more programs that affect everyone’s lives,” added Betsy Gotbaum, executive director of the Citizens Union, in a statement. “A citizenship question proposed by the federal government will frighten a significant portion of the population, particularly in immigrant communities.”
"Ethan Geringer-Sameth, public policy director of Citizens Union, said two commissions create the impression city officials are working toward opposite goals."