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Census2020: Why Should I Bother With Completing the Census?

May 07, 2020

East Valley encourages you to Stand Up for your Community and Be Counted for the 2020 Census!  Here’s why it’s important:

Myth: Undocumented immigrants should not be counted by the census.

Fact: Everyone counts in the census, regardless of immigration status.

· The census is designed to count everyone living in the United States, regardless of legal status

· Census statistics are used to figure out what kind of services each community needs, including schools, hospitals and health clinics, and jobs.

· Census information is used to figure out which communities have enough people who speak languages other than English so as to require services in other languages.

Myth: Immigrants can avoid the census by not completing their census form.

Fact: If you don’t want a visit from the government, complete your form promptly!

· People who return a completed census form will not be contacted by the Census Bureau.

· People who don’t return a form could have census workers come to their home up to six times to try to get a form completed starting in early August 2020.

Myth: Immigrants don’t benefit from the census.

Fact: Everyone, including immigrants, benefits from investments in education, health care, and jobs that are distributed based on census information.

And census data are also used in ways that are of special importance to immigrants, including:

· Funding for nonprofit organizations to provide job assistance aimed at making foreign-born people economically self-sufficient;

· Helping states and local agencies develop health care and other services tailored to the language and cultural diversity of immigrants, including the needs and preferences of Older Adults.

· Allocating funds to school districts for children with limited English language proficiency;

Myth: Answering the census could get me in trouble with immigration or my landlord.

Fact: There’s no need to fear the census! Individual information is safe and your privacy is strongly protected.

· The census form does not ask about immigration status.

· Census responses are confidential and protected by the strongest privacy laws we have.

· No other law or agency can override protections for the confidentiality of people’s responses to census questions – not the Patriot Act, the IRS, Homeland Security, or ICE.

· No private company, landlord or employer can get any household’s census information, even with a court order.

Myth: Immigrants can gain influence by threatening to boycott the census.

Fact: Boycotting the census can only hurt immigrant communities and limit their influence.

Numbers matter! In the past, immigrants have not been counted properly due to not responding to the Census. Getting everyone counted will demonstrate the strength of our communities and will give us a bigger voice in government, business, and decisions that affect our lives and families.