From the Morning Memo:

Please participate in the 2020 census — even if you’re an undocumented immigrant, implores New York City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez in a statement Wednesday.

“New Yorkers and especially undocumented residents should not be afraid to participate in the 2020 Census,” Rodriguez said.

The data collected is vital to shaping future undertakings in the Big Apple, including: budget funding, resource allocation, emergency preparations, and gauging population growth and or decline, he said.

Rodriguez, who emigrated from the Dominican Republic to the U.S. in his teens, says those worried about a citizenship question included in the census have no reason to fear.

But anxiety over arrest, separation and even deportation exists for those whose friends and family members have undetermined citizenship statuses, or are undocumented themselves.

It’s also a response to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s appointment of Julie Menin, currently the commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, as the City’s new director of the Census.

“Ms. Menin’s staff should reflect the diversity of our great City of New York and the 2020 Census outreach needs to be provided in the appropriate language for a neighborhood and/or resident. The information distribution needs to be disseminated widely so that it is accessible to all residents.”

Anxiety over the inclusion of a citizenship question in the 2020 census has tensed.

“It is essential that we ensure that all residents, regardless of immigration status, know their rights when participating in this historic survey that leads to better services for all New Yorkers,” Rodriguez said.

Should the question remain on the population count, speculation over inaccurate results or even an undercount looms.