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Government Will Not End Raids Prior To 2010 Census

Check out the following little discussed story from the Associated Press that shows the Obama Administration taking an immigrant unfriendly position:

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the 2010 census six months away, the Commerce Department said Thursday it won’t seek a halt to immigrationraids as it did in the previous census in hopes of improving participation in hard-to-count communities.

In a statement, the department said it is committed to an accurate count of U.S. residents, including both legal and illegal immigrants. Spokesman Nick Kimball said officials will not ask the Homeland Security Department to stop large-scale immigration raids during the high stakes count that begins April 1.

That position is a departure from the one taken in the 2000 census, when immigration officials at the request of the Census Bureau informally agreed not to conduct raids. The bureau two years ago asked DHS to hold off again in 2010, but that was rejected by the Bush administration, which said it would continue to enforce federal laws.

On Thursday, the Commerce Department echoed that position and said it would not be revisiting the matter.

”Our job is to count every resident once, and in the right place, and that’s what we do,” Kimball said. ”All the information the Census Bureau collects is protected by law and will not be shared with any other agency. Neither the Commerce Department nor the Census Bureau will ask DHS to refrain from exercising their lawful authority.”

It remained unclear what Commerce’s stance might have on the likelihood of immigration raids next year. In recent months, the government has said it was seeking to shift enforcement efforts more toward criminal prosecution of employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants as well as cases in which an illegal immigrant may pose a safety threat to the community.

The Commerce statement comes as the Census Bureau enters the final stretch of preparations for the decennial count, which is used to apportion House seats and distribute nearly $450 billion in federal aid. With an effort to overhaul U.S. immigration laws expected to take place sometime next year, Census Director Robert Groves has said he’s particularly worried that tensions over immigration will deter people from participating in the count.

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4 Responses to “Government Will Not End Raids Prior To 2010 Census”

  1. Brittancus Says:

    By now most business are conscious of the federal program E-Verify? It distinguishes US citizens and legal residents from illegal labor. Although not seamless, it has a 99.6 success rate and obviously will overtime become even more constructive to business that believes in the “Rule of Law.” Opponents in both the business sector and even on Capitol Hill have released a torrent of abuse against the application. That includes its function is blind to counterfeit documentation and spurious ID and that even legal individuals can be rejected? SO–YOU GO TO THE SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICE TO BE EXONERATED? ONLY ILLEGAL WORKERS WILL SHUN TURNING TO SSA FOR RESOLVING THIS ISSUE.

    The open border conspirators are losing, as they did in a federal Maryland court a week previous. As E-Verify are perfected it needs to become a permanent tool in the incomplete arsenal of immigration enforcement. It needs to reach out to every company, big and small, in our country and every individual who works there? E-Verify eventually will expel foreign national from the workplace, without financial appropriations on a large scale. These people will self-deport when they cannot be hired anymore. Businesses facing huge fines and prison will be the ultimate deterrent. In time it will save our ailing schools, health care, home mortgages and government welfare system. Look to NUMBERSUSA for honest an answer, that includes costs to taxpayers for the new blanket AMNESTY. Which Senators and Republicans are anti-US American Worker and their immigration grades?

    For an example Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) has a miserable enforcement grade of “C-”. He was out to erase E-Verify, under fund the border fence from the beginning of the Democratic administration. Then JUDICIAL WATCH is a public watchdog group Promoting Integrity, Transparency and Accountability in Government, Politics and the Law. They uncover misconduct by government officials and litigation to hold to account politicians and public officials who engage in corrupt activities. Finally CAPSWEB informs the public about the coming nightmare of OVERPOPULATION that is already exhibiting itself in our deteriorating infrastructure. TELL YOUR POLITICIANS YOU HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE AT 202-224-3121


    Incidentally regarding the 2010 Census? Small states will miss out big time on federal dollars, while mass illegal immigrant states will gain more seats in Congress and too much power and influence? Of course ICE could check the immigration status of those who are counted, even though it’s supposedly against US law? Or is counting 20 million plus (?) non-legal residence against the US Constitution?

  2. Anonymous CL Says:

    A significant rationale for including illegal residents in the census count is because the count needs to reflect the total population who are using resources by living in each area of the nation, to ensure that resources in each area are funded according to the burden on them. Even though some of the population shouldn’t be here using resources, the fact is that they are, so we need to know about them. And if the census questionnaires were to ask people’s citizenship status to separate them in the statistics (such as to leave them out of the Congress seats calculation), it would be much more difficult to get the illegal residents to respond even if they were assured the info was confidential, so then they’d still be here and they’d be having even more of a bad impact since resources would be inadequately funded for the true usage/population levels, harming the legal residents in areas that have some illegal residents. Until things like E-Verify drive them out, they are part of the nation’s population, for better or for worse.

  3. House of Brat Says:

    There’s nothing in the Constitution that states the census is only to count citizens. It basically says that Congress shall conduct the census “in such Manner as they shall by Law direct.” Nothing about not counting illegal aliens or non-citizens residing within the US.

  4. TR Says:

    And the Constitution does use the term “Persons” regarding the Census, which is distinct from “Citizens”. Amendment 14 uses both terms, and it’s clear right off the bat there is a distinction between the two terms:

    “All *persons* born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are *citizens* of the United States and the State wherein they reside.”

    Section 2 is the part relevant to the Census, and it starts:

    “Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of *persons* in each State, excluding Indians not taxed.”

    So you see, from the perspective of the Constitution, for apportionment purposes, everyone counts – whether citizen or non-citizen; legal or illegal. The only way to change this is with a constitutional amendment. (Or perhaps an activist Supreme Court reinterpreting the term “persons”, however I’d guess that only a state would have standing to bring this to the Court.)