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US Census Indicates Latino Hispanics Are NOT a Race
If you failed to send in your Census form by the 15th of April (some sources indicate later), you WILL be visited by the US Census Enumerator. If you claim it was sent in, yet, according to Census data it was not received, the Enumerator will conduct an interview. US Law states one cannot refuse to provide the info, but reality is different. The Enumerator will contact you six times either in person or by telephone.
Census occurs every 10 years and despite what most think, the info provided is well protected by Title 13 regarding how secure it is, it is also protected by PII (personal identification Information). Other US agencies have no access to this info as many suspect, it is used for statistical purposes that may benefit a state, a county, a city. For instance, all States have representatives in Congress, the number of a reps that a State has is directly determined by the population count, that is why Wyoming has far fewer Reps than California. Many government programs also use this data to obtain federal money for projects that do impact their community, like, hospitals, highway widening, lunch programs for kids etc. There are many that are totally invisible. The info is protected for 72 years.
When the Enumerator visits your home, the interview can take only 10 minutes or up to 30min, depending on a variety of issues, interruptions, complexity, language etc. The form sent to the residence differs than the one in the face to face encounter. The whole issue about the census is:
What was the the household status on April 1, 2010? was the address vacant, non-existant, a residence, a business. Who lived there? What is there personal data, like, name, age, birthdate, number living there, relationship of the inhabitants and their race. There are no economic or income questions. There are no citizenship questions. The count includes babies, children, foste kids, roomates, boarders, or bums that have no permanent place to live.
The race section of the interview is a bit odd. The Census form includes over 10 different types of races, but Hispanic or Latino is NOT included. Most think either is a race in the same way African American is. There is no explanation given to the Enumerators as to why the Census Bureau chose not to include Hispanic as a race. It is just the way it is. Thus, when the question of what race is asked, if the respondant indicates hispanic, latino, mexican etc., the respondant must either select: some other race (the Enumerator then writes it in the form) or White. It seems that the Census wants the Hispanic person to select "White" as their race.
The races for selection are: White, Black, American Indian, Asian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Vietnamese, Hawaiian, Chamorro, Samoan, Pacific Islander, or Other.