The U.S. Census has a history of undercounting certain population groups, including the growing
Muslim American population.

There are a number of reasons for this undercount in the past, but
issues and challenges around the upcoming 2020 Census count have increased concern about this
undercount, and thereby concern about adequate representation and support for these important

Through the support of the California Community Foundation and the Weingart
Foundation, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Greater Los Angeles (CAIR-LA) has tapped
into its networks throughout the Southern California region to learn more about Muslim American
perspectives around the 2020 Census, and what, if anything, it can do to uplift these perspectives
and offer education and information to better inform communities about the importance of the
census count.

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