My Two Census

Formerly the non-partisan watchdog of the 2010 US Census, and currently an opinion blog that covers all things political, media, foreign policy, globalization, and culture…but sometimes returning to its census/demographics roots.

“A state can lose $300 to $1,200 per person per year for everyone not counted”

Today, many news sources reported that there are fears in New Mexico that illegal immigrants will be rounded up as a result of the U.S. Census Bureau’s counting efforts. Here’s the crux of the El Paso Times article:

Some residents of the rural, low-income communities are undocumented immigrants who fear being deported.

But the Census Bureau is sworn to secrecy about the information it collects, Vicki McIntire, deputy director of the bureau’s Denver region, told Dona Ana County leaders Tuesday.

“We can never tell any information we gain from a household,” she said. “If I walk into a household and I see a drug deal take place, if I see illegal activity, I cannot report that to the police.”

A worker violating that oath could face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, she said.