Will this impact me or my family if people are undocumented or wanted by law enforcement?

Strict federal law protects your census responses. It is against the law for any Census Bureau employee to disclose or publish any census information that identifies an individual. Census Bureau employees take a lifelong pledge of confidentiality to handle data responsibly and keep respondents’ information private. The penalty for wrongful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment for up to 5 years, or both.

No law enforcement agency (not the DHS, ICE, FBI, or CIA) can access or use your personal information at any time. Data collected can only be used for statistical purposes that help inform important decisions, including how much federal funding your community receives.

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1. Will the Census ask if I am a US Citizen?
2. Are my answers safe and confidential?
3. Is the Census accessible?
4. What will the Census form look like?
5. How are individuals experiencing homelessness counted?
6. If I am living here temporarily, what do I do?
7. What information will the census NOT ask for?
8. Will this impact me or my family if people are undocumented or wanted by law enforcement?
9. If I'm here as a student and Lowell isn't my permanent address, should I fill out the census?