2010 Census Already Controversial

By: Ashley Porter Email
By: Ashley Porter Email

Every decade, the U.S. Census is mailed to households nationwide. It helps the government make important decisions. But this time around, it's causing some controversy.

The roads you drive on are just one of the services that census dollars can fund. And as the clock counts down to census day, it ought to be an accurate count.

There's controversy brewing over who the census counts.

"I am completely opposed to counting illegal immigrants, illegal aliens in our census," said Sen. Roger Wicker.

Wicker said he fears that including illegal immigrants in a population count will skew political representation and federal money that states like Mississippi receive.

"If they broke the law to get here, they should not be counted," Wicker said.

Only the long form version of the census asks about citizenship. But only the short form version will be sent out in 2010.

The Census Bureau says it's required by law to count all everyone living in the United States.

"We need to know who people are, where they are living," said Bill Chandler of the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance thinks it's important to count undocumented immigrants.

"They are working here. They pay payroll taxes. They pay sales taxes," said Chandler. "They do all the same things we do to contribute to the public funds."

You can expect to see a census form in your mailbox in February or March 2010. Sen. Wicker said he hopes Congress addresses the issue.

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  • by Mara Location: California on Apr 10, 2010 at 07:53 AM
    Recently, I found the 2010 Census form hanging on my door. As I began filling it out, I came across a dilemma. The U.S. government wants to know if my children are adopted or not and it wants to know what our races are. Being adopted myself, I had to put “Other” and “Don’t Know Adopted” for my race and “Other” and “Don’t Know” for my kids’ races. Can you imagine not knowing your ethnicity, your race? Now imagine walking into a vital records office and asking the clerk for your original birth certificate only to be told “No, you can’t have it, it’s sealed.” How about being presented with a “family history form” to fill out at every single doctor’s office visit and having to put “N/A Adopted” where life saving information should be? Imagine being asked what your nationality is and having to respond with “I don’t know”. It is time that the archaic practice of sealing and altering birth certificates of adopted persons stops.
  • by Terry Location: Newton on Aug 25, 2009 at 01:18 PM
    First off, everyone need to research where the moeny goes. The money that this state will get will help the state as a whole and not just one group of people. This is why this state is so far below the poverty level because most of us are ignorant to what is going on around us. No I don't like them being here, but if them being counted is going to get MS some extra money, let them be counted. Read and research the next time you respond to something.
  • by Joe Location: Berkeley, CA on Aug 25, 2009 at 09:52 AM
    Yes, there is the risk of skewing political representation and federal money. But regardless, there are thousands of communities across the nation that could fall short in funding because of an undercount. If you want undocumented immigrants to be "sent back home," that coversation should be taken place elsewhere, NOT during the Census count. I strongly believe that every person counts regardless of their status. We want to see what America looks like, with both legalized and the undocumented. The 2010 Census is not the time to raise stress and more tension. That is completely unnecessary. Lynn: illegal immigrants are not taking jobs away from legal citizens. Larry: illegal immigrants support the entire nation through laborious public services.
  • by Lynn Location: Meridian on Aug 24, 2009 at 12:27 PM
    Just another smoke screen for the govt's agenda to control everything in our lives. The illegals already get so many benefits that US citizens pay for. Now, they want to count them in our census?! Give me a break! Send them back home & create jobs for the LEGAL citizens out there!
  • by Larry on Aug 22, 2009 at 05:22 PM
    Count only legal citizens,the rest do not matter-or send them back where the sneaked in from!We do not need nor want them,they are here for the money and free health care that we must work for and pay taxes for! This is what happens when the Govt.counts us,they redistrict the regestered voters to ensure they will be re-elected! VOTE THE BUMS OUT!!!!
  • by Jim Location: Meridian on Aug 22, 2009 at 10:10 AM
    Suprised no one else has given a comment on this matter. Well said Danny. Good for Sen. Wicker to take this stand. I fear that unless Sen. Wicker can get some like minded Senators to support him the Dems will roll over everyone to get this done. The next phase will be amnesty for those that sent in the census form!
  • by Danny Location: Meridian on Aug 21, 2009 at 04:43 PM
    Since when do illegal alliens pay "pay roll tax"? If the person is illegal then they are not going to be on the grid and if they are, the SSN will not be real. If they are here legally, then count them, if they are not, DON'T!!! Only U.S. Citizens should be counted in the census. Illegals have no legal rights under our constitution and they are not supposed to vote.
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