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Census Bureau Targets Hispanic Population

Thursday, March 11, 2010   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Alberto Elvira
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Census Bureau Targets Hispanic Population



Hispanics have grown to make up a large portion of the local population over the last 10 years, but there are concerns that some in that group might not be counted in the upcoming census.

Many in the Hispanic population are recent immigrants to the U.S., and some said they're unsure about what the census means, and why the government wants their information.

University of Arkansas student & Phi Iota Alpha brother Rafael Arciga knows how intimidating the census can be. (Click here for video)

"Most of the people are just wondering, ‘Why does the government need this information?’” Arciga said.

He immigrated from Mexico about ten years ago, and this will be his first time participating in an American census.

"When I was part of the census in Mexico, it was my mom who took care of that and was asking about that,” Arciaga said.

He said many in the Hispanic community are worried about census information being shared with other government organizations.

"Some members of the community may have that issue, saying if I provide my address and my name, will that affect me in my status?” Arciga said.

To work around that, the U.S. Census Bureau has come out with several Spanish language public service announcements.

The announcements assure people that all information provided is confidential, and emcourage everyone to fill out their forms.

That’s something Bill Rogers from the Springdale Chamber of Commerce said is hugely important for everyone.

"The more people you have, the more money you get from the government for roads, schools, the kinds of things that cities provide that make places great places to live,” Rogers said.

Rogers said the city of Springdale could see some big changes if its large Hispanic population is accounted for

"We're the fourth largest city in the state of Arkansas, if we get a good count, we could conceivably become the third largest city,” Rogers said.

Representatives from the Springdale Chamber of Commerce said they have also been trying to educate the city's population about the census by putting up posters and distributing fliers.

They also said they've also worked closely with local churches to help inform people.

Springdale officials said it’s important to have an accurate census count since that information determines the amount of representation a region receives in the state legislature.

Comments...

Gian C. Peralta says...
Posted Friday, March 12, 2010
THIS SO TRUE RIGHT HERE. THERE ALOT OF HISPANICS AND MINORITIES THAT FEEL THAT MIGHT AFFECT THEIR IMMIGHRATION STATUS CUDOS TO YOU BRO FOR SPEAKING OUT

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