Distrust Between Latinos and Government Regarding 2010 Census
By Trey Brooks
In March 2010, the twenty-third decennial U.S. Census will be taken. But what does this mean for a community, like Prince William County in Virginia, that has a very high population of illegal immigrants? Even though Census workers take a lifetime oath to protect the confidentiality of all information gathered, should undocumented people trust them and fill out the forms?
Among the Latino community, opinions are varied as to the safety of allowing themselves to be counted. Churches, too, are split between encouraging their Hispanic members to participate as a civic duty or to shun the Census. Long before the 2010 Census was being discussed, controversial local ordinances affecting illegal immigrants created distrust between them and the government. Those laws allowed police officers to check the immigration status of people arrested for minor offenses and deport them if they lacked documentaiotn. As a result, the Latino community has its doubts that the Census is for their own good.