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2020 Census Not Tied to Coronavirus Relief Payments

2020 Census Not Tied to Coronavirus Relief Payments

The Trump administration and Congress are still negotiating a coronavirus economic stimulus package that will provide direct payments to some Americans. But this much is clear: eligibility will not depend on whether Americans respond to the 2020 census, as recent social media posts claim.

Warning: Census ‘Security Alert’ Is a Hoax

Warning: Census ‘Security Alert’ Is a Hoax

Posts circulating on Facebook falsely claim that people posing as “officials” from the “Department of Home Affairs” are going door-to-door to confirm “that everyone has a valid ID” for the 2020 census. The Census Bureau says this is a hoax.

False Meme about California’s ‘Illegal Aliens’

False Meme about California’s ‘Illegal Aliens’

A meme on Facebook falsely claims that the California attorney general “bragged there are now 10 Million Illegal Aliens” in the state, when in fact he was talking about immigrants. The estimated number of people living in the state illegally ranges from 2 million to 3.1 million.