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Monday, March 15, 2010

Why Should Latinos Embrace the Census?

     The census -- which will be arriving in mailboxes shortly -- has a huge impact on communities, influencing everything from the funding of schools and roads to determining how many congressional representatives speak on behalf of the community at the national level.  This will be the first census in which Latinos make up the second largest population group.
     The census counts everyone in the country, whether here legally or illegally.  Unfortunately, this results in districts receiving money for persons whom the congress members may then decide not to represent -- because the undocumented have no political clout and cannot get a politician elected or re-elected.
    In fact, there is a Latino movement to boycott the census based on the theory that doing so will speed up immigration reform.  The slogan "Before You Count Us, You Must Legalize Us" states their case.  However, this idea throws out the baby with the bath water.  The census gives power to the population, whether legal or not.  Boycotting the census will leave the politically unrepresented without .... well, representation.

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