Latino group say Census must dispel doubts on citizenship

first_imgHomeBriefsLatino group say Census must dispel doubts on citizenship Feb. 11, 2020 at 5:00 amBriefsNewsPoliticsLatino group say Census must dispel doubts on citizenshipGuest Author1 year agocensuscitizenshiplatinosNALEO Education Fundtrump A prominent Latino organization said Monday the U.S. Census Bureau needs to explicitly communicate  there will be no citizenship question ahead of the 2020 count or risk undercounting minority groups.Arturo Vargas, CEO of the NALEO Education Fund, said the effort by the Trump administration to include the question sparked fear and mistrust among Latinos in the United States.Vargas said the issue continues to pose a challenge for nonprofit organizations working to ensure an accurate census, but the Census Bureau did not incorporate any information on the citizenship question debacle as part of its publicity campaigns.“The bureau cannot leave it upon us — the nonprofit sector — to clean up the mess created by the administration,” Vargas said. “The Census Bureau needs to stand up at this point and head this challenge straight on.”The Census Bureau says its ads were based on research and recommendations on “positive messaging.” One of the ads shows friends having dinner raising concerns of whether the responses will be shared with police or the “migra,” as immigration authorities are known. One of the men in the commercial says he filled it out in ten years ago and was still around.“The 2020 Census ads are focused on making sure people know that taking the Census is important, easy and safe,” said the Census Bureau’s spokesman Michael Cook, adding that they “address confidentiality concerns.”NALEO stands for National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials and it is an organization based in Los Angeles that groups the 6,100 Latino elected and appointed officials.The once-a-decade head count determines how $1.5 trillion in federal spending is allocated among the 50 states and how many congressional seats each gets.ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON, Associated PressTags :censuscitizenshiplatinosNALEO Education Fundtrumpshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentCalifornia mountain lion killed after state issues permitSMMUSD holds meeting in MalibuYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall6 hours agoBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press10 hours agoBriefsCalifornia State Treasurer Fiona Ma to Speak at Online Santa Monica College Commencement Ceremony June 25Guest Author10 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press17 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press17 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson17 hours agolast_img

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