Sunday, May 31, 2009

Betcha didn't know...

… that the census counts illegal immigrants as well as legal.

The decennial census, which counts all people regardless of immigration status, is used to allocate federal funds for education, housing, healthcare, transportation and other local needs. By some estimates, every person counted results in $1,000 in federal funds.

It’s this reality that is at the heart of a battle between two pro-illegal immigrant factions.

The Washington, D.C.-based National Coalition of Latino Clergy & Christian Leaders, which says it represents 20,000 Latino churches in 34 states, recently announced that a quarter of its 4 million members were prepared to join the boycott as a way to intensify pressure for legalization and to protect themselves from government scrutiny.

Of course, this has angered many other pro-illegal immigrant groups who rightly recognize the census as the key to the Federal goody bag and the further subsidization of the criminal act that is illegal immigration.

So what’s the logic behind the D.C. group’s call to boycott the census? They are fearful that because illegal immigrants are counted in the census it would result in more federal funding coming to California which would be “used against them to increase arrests and harrassment by local law enforcement”, or as is known in saner circles, “enforcing the law”.

At any rate, it will be fun to see which strategery prevails. In the coming months, we also will be looking into the ethics of participation/non-participation in a questionnaire that wants to know our ethnicity, how much we make and, of course, whether or not our crib has a flush toilet... and yeah, census ludditism.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Incredibly good blog post! Could you followup on this specific subject?