"It doesn't make any sense, in some way it is immoral that we are counting 12 million undocumented immigrants who have no benefit at all financially speaking,"
Rev. Miguel Rivera, president of the National Coalition of Latino Clergy & Christian Leaders.
Posing an argument for illegals to refuse to fill out the census. This is absolute arrogance. Am I the only one that is noticing that we appear to be moving past the whole "illegal immigration is wrong" debate and into why they are not being given rights?
I am unclear why we are even counting them. Even worse, we are not only counting them, they count.
"When we boycott the Census we are in essence boycotting schools in our community, and representation in our federal government. For those two reasons alone we need to make sure every single person is accounted for," said the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, with the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.
Local governments say they would feel the pinch too, since a false count would lead to lower population figures -- and the result would be a reduction in federal funds.
"If you are not counted, you just don't count," said Jose "Joey" Torres, mayor of Paterson, N.J.
Torres said the 2000 Census put his city's population just a few hundred people below a federal standard that could get his city more money. That means a boycott of any size of the 2010 Census could keep Paterson from reaching that threshold.
I must be stupid, I didn't realize that illegals counted for aide, school funding, etc.