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.

New Challenges for Minorities in 2010 Census

Today, the Associate Press issued a report about the impact of the 2010 Census on minorities. This translates to: HOW TO COUNT ILLEGAL (UNDOCUMENTED) IMMIGRANTS. This is just another example of the mainstream media side-stepping what has shaped up to be the most divisive issue of the decennial headcount.

From the article:

Anti-immigration groups don’t object to an accurate count, which may provide fuel for their arguments. But they are opposed to the past practice of suspending immigration raids while the census is being conducted. And they have major objections to counting non-citizens when drawing congressional districts.

Steven Camarota, director of research at the Center for Immigration Studies, called the practice “an assault on the ‘one man, one vote’ idea.”

“It transfers political power to the citizens who live in districts with high numbers of illegal aliens,” he said. “If you live in Southern California, your vote counts a great deal more than if you live in Michigan or somewhere with lower immigration.”

Ensuring that the maximum number of minorities are counted “seems to be a much bigger issue for the ethnic interest groups and advocacy groups, because that’s how they build their interests and political power,” said Ira Mehlman, spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform.

Those interest groups point out that everyone suffers if undercounting leads to less funding for schools, roads or hospitals.

“If you go back to your district, regardless of how many people there are citizens or voters, when you’re counting one million and need to count two, this has a huge impact on whether you can deliver services for your voters,” said Efrain Escobedo, senior director of civic engagement for the National Association of Latino Elected Officials.