Illegals And The Census: Why Should They Be Counted?
Per USA Today, advocates of illegal immigration are debating whether or not illegals should cooperate with the census,
Some Hispanic advocacy groups are calling for illegal immigrants to boycott the 2010 Census unless immigration laws are changed. The move puts them at odds with leading immigrant rights advocates and creates another hurdle in the Census Bureau’s quest to count everyone in the USA.
The National Coalition of Latino Clergy & Christian Leaders, a group that says it represents 20,000 evangelical churches in 34 states, issued a statement this week urging undocumented immigrants not to fill out Census forms unless Congress passes “genuine immigration reform.”
Similar grass-roots campaigns are unfolding in Arizona and New Mexico to protest state and local crackdowns on illegal immigrants. Asking immigrants to be counted without giving them a chance to become legal residents counters church teachings, says the Rev. Miguel Rivera, president of the Latino religious coalition.
When the Census counts growing numbers of Hispanics, the counts are often used to support crackdowns on illegal immigrants, he says. About 38% of the churches’ 3.4 million members are undocumented, he says. The Census Bureau does not ask people if they are here illegally.
“Our job is to count every single person,” says Raul Cisneros, Census spokesman. “We are disappointed that any organization would urge anyone to not participate in the 2010 Census.”
…In Phoenix, immigrant advocates such as Alfredo Gutierrez, host of a daily radio program on a Spanish station, threaten a Census boycott to protest crackdowns on illegal immigrants.
In Roswell, N.M., businessman Bobby Villegas launched a campaign in February to get undocumented workers to boycott the Census. He’s doing it as the city nears 50,000 population, a mark that would give it the government designation as a metropolitan area, which puts cities on the map for national marketers and retailers.
“Are we going to bring more money in the community so that they can hire more police officers who then will go out after more undocumented?” Villegas asks.
The Roswell Hispano Chamber of Commerce he helped found voiced support for the Census, but “it’s going to be very hard to reach these individuals and say, ‘Trust me,’ ” says Juan Oropesa, executive director.
Should illegal immigrants participate in the census or should they skip it? Hmmm, hey — better question: why in the world should illegals be counted at all? They’re not Americans. They’re not allowed to be here. They’re supposed to be deported if they’re caught.
Yet, they’re counted in the census, which is used to determine how many congressional seats states get and the apportionment of hundreds of billions of dollars of federal money. So American citizens are being robbed of tax dollars and congressional seats because states like California are turning a blind eye to millions of illegal aliens.
It’s just one more way that law abiding American citizens are being harmed by parasitic illegal aliens who don’t respect our laws, aren’t welcome here, and need to be flushed out of our country as quickly as possible.