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Volunteers’ efforts count for the 2010 census

March 12, 2010

Across the Chicago area, volunteers and community organizations are getting out into their neighborhoods to make sure everyone is counted in the 2010 census. That’s especially important in immigrant neighborhoods.

In the past, these communities have often been undercounted and thus drained of much-needed resources. Thania Garza is one of many volunteers who are knocking on doors to prevent that from happening again.


From → Reporting

  1. Annie permalink

    Some people have said that the US immigration office is going to trace census respondents, find out if they are in this country legally, then locate and deport them if they are not. It’s part of a crackdown on undocumented workers — SO wrong!

  2. curiousinchicago permalink

    I think that’s a lot of people’s fear. But the census does not ask citizenship status, and information is not passed on to anyone, as required by law (there’s a fine in the thousands of dollars for anyone who does). So fill it out, all!
    And on this site you can track your area’s census response rate:

    • Annie permalink

      This is what concerns me:

      Census will identify illegal aliens
      By A. Cy Opplan

      Washington, D.C.: In spite of reassurances from the Bureau of the Census that information collected in the 2010 Census will remain confidential there are those here in this country illegally who have their doubts. And well they should.
      While the 2010 Census form comes addressed “To Resident,” and no address is indicated or requested on the form, the Bar Code appearing above the “To Resident At” is all the government needs to identify the location at which the Census Form was completed.
      Most of those in this country illegally come from south of the border, which is why organizations like The National Council of La Reza, which dubs itself as the largest national Hispanic civil rights organization, has raised the alarm over census questions, especially question number 8.
      Without question, query number 8 is aimed at identifying those of Hispanic lineage who are currently residing in this country while questions 1 through 3 will give those seeking to identify and pinpoint enclaves where those of Hispanic descent are concentrated. Furthermore, supplying the information as to how many persons live at that particular location provides the Immigration and Naturalization Service, INS, with additional information needed should a sweep of a particular neighborhood be planned.
      Those who are in this country illegally, notably those from Mexico and Central America, are familiar with the exploits of Sheriff Joe Arpiao from Maricopa County, Arizona. Arpiao has incurred the wrath of the Hispanic community for, in his words, ‘upholding the Constitution’ by nabbing illegal aliens, mostly those from Mexico, and deporting them. And while there are politicians in Washington who decry Sheriff Joe’s activities word has it that a number of law enforcement agencies, both federal and state, are studying his methods and tactics in anticipation of a crackdown on those in this country illegally once they get their hands on the latest census data.
      But why now? All one has to do is to look at California. Millions of Hispanics residing in California illegally have been a major contributor to that state’s fiscal woes. Even Governor Schwarzenegger has confided his concerns to members of his cabinet and the leadership of both parties who, while outwardly condemning any effort to take some sort of action against those “undocumented aliens” are now forced to admit that the time for action is near.
      Even the Democrat Party, a staunch defender of illegal aliens, has begun to face the fiscal facts in light of passage of the Health Care Bill last week. Speaker Pelosi along with Senator Harry Reid are hearing undertones within their respective caucus that despite assurances from OMB the growing population of illegal aliens will eventually make any forecasts of savings obsolete.
      What to do?
      The 2010 Census may provide the answer. Those illegal aliens who complete the Census will be supplying the government with the information to profile neighborhoods and areas where there is a high population of those of Hispanic origin. Sweeps like those of Sheriff Arpiao may become more frequent in the barrios of large cities in states like California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Florida, New York, and Illinois.
      It will be interesting to see just how information collected by the 2010 Census plays out – especially for those in this country illegally

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