(CNSNews.com) - Acting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that people who fill out the U.S. Census, including the citizenship question can rest assured that no other government agencies will see their name, address, and how they answered the question.
“But immigration officials like yourself will not see ultimately the details of this census in terms of immigration status?” CBS host Margaret Brennan asked.
“Answers of any person are not tied. It's aggregated data. So that's correct. This isn't--” Cuccinelli said.
“So the concern that this is being used for political purposes? Is why I am asking you that question,” Brennan asked.
“Right. Well, the Census is intended to gather an awful lot of information the way it's used now. However, if your question is will my agency or other agencies see a person who says, no, I'm not a citizen and their name and address and so forth, that's taken on an aggregated basis, that's not individualized data that comes to us,” Cuccinelli said.
“So no?” Brennan asked.
“Correct,” Cuccinelli said.
Cuccinelli said information on citizenship has been collected on the U.S. Census “many, many times in the past” and concern was never raised.
“Not including this question since the 50s or 60s,” Brennan said.
“It has been. In the 1950s it's been included, and it's also been included in the more detailed example. I don't know what the Commerce Department calls it that it doesn't count every single entity,” Cuccinelli said.