Ocasio-Cortez cuts census ad with Lin-Manuel Miranda
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOvernight Health Care: Global coronavirus cases top 1M | Cities across country in danger of becoming new hotspots | Trump to recommend certain Americans wear masks | Record 6.6M file jobless claims Trump blasts Schumer over 'incorrect sound bites' on coronavirus Trump warns against 'partisan investigations' after Pelosi establishes select committee on virus response MORE (D-N.Y.) appears with “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda in a new ad encouraging New Yorkers to participate in the 2020 Census.

The ad, posted on Twitter on Thursday by New York Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioUS attorney opposes release of inmates in DC Britain releases 4,000 inmates to curb spread of coronavirus  NYC landlord tells tenants in 18 buildings to skip April rent MORE (D), emphasizes that there is no citizenship question in the questionnaire. There are two versions of the ad: one with Ocasio-Cortez and Miranda speaking English, and one in Spanish. 


“The census is a count of everyone in the United States regardless of your immigration status,” Ocasio-Cortez says in the ad, where she is explaining the census to a group of students, including Miranda. 

The U.S. Census Bureau has spent millions in advertising to mitigate fears within immigrant communities about participating in the census after the Trump administration proposed including a citizenship question in this year's survey.

A January report from the bureau found fears over a Trump administration-supported citizenship question could decrease the number of Latinos willing to participate.

Last month, Miranda was tapped to join a census council created by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D). Cuomo also announced an additional $10 million in this year’s budget to go toward the fair census count plan, bringing the state’s total for the 2020 Census to $70 million.