Representatives of several community groups in the border state alleged that the law would lead to a fear of Latinos in participating in the Census count. Though the Census Bureau spearheaded a major campaign to Latinos via ads and presentations to civic groups some Arizonans worry that the local immigration measure will ultimately lead to a false count. "I've talked to friends and people in the community, and they're saying -- whatever they think of the law, wherever they stand on the issue: 'I'm not going to open the door to anyone right now,'" said one Tucson legislator in an article originally from USA TODAY.
On the other hand, one Census official told Marketplace that possible fears from the immigration law have yet to show up in the count:
Census Spokesman Leo Cardenas says he was concerned that Arizona's law would send the Latino community into hiding -- a fear which has not played out so far. "When we go door-to-door, the cooperation continues to be enthusiastic and we continue to cross our fingers."The Census tally is vital in the allocating of billions of dollars in federal funds and the assigning of seats to the House of Representatives. (According to one estimate Arizona is expected to gain one seat). Therefore, it is in the best interest of all Arizonans- regardless of race, ethnicity, immigration status, etc.- to cooperate and participate in the Census count.
Cardenas also says Census takers are finding an unusually high number of vacant properties in Hispanic communities. "Clearly in response to the legislation, people are moving to where they can find jobs."
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