“County Fresno happens to be one of the poorest in the state. It has serious consequences,” said Margarita Rocha, Executive Director of Centro La Familia.
“There is a huge long-term impact that our community is going to experience due to undercountry,” said Eric Payne, Executive Director of the Central Valley Urban Institute.
Eric Payne and Margarita Rocha react to a new report from the US census that says some populations were counted in the 2020 census.
“For our region, African-Americans and Latino-speaking immigrants are under-represented, and when you analyze it, young children aged 0-5 are severely affected,” Rocha explains.
The miscalculation will affect state money given to counties and states.
It also means less money for programs that help low-income families, including EBT benefits and affordable housing programs.
“It is estimated that per year, for the next 10 years, this measurement could yield $ 2,000. So over 10 years, that’s $ 20,000,” says Rocha.
During the 2020 Census, Centro La Familia updated and provided resource centers for people to complete their inventory.
But Rocha says undocumented migrants are often afraid to take part, fearing they might be forced to leave the country.
“I think the pandemic hit us really hard. I think the administration we had really hurt us and the fact that there was this citizen question hit us hard,” Rocha explains.
The countdown rates in 2020 are between 3 and more than 5.5% for minorities and already underprivileged populations.
Rocha says, “Poor communities, that’s the reality. These are people struggling to make a living every day.”
The goal, he says, is to work for equality, trust and justice.
“I talked to some of my co-workers and yes, they are very discouraged, but that does not mean we will raise our hands,” says Rocha.
The full report examining the 2020 Census is due to be published sometime in May.
The Post-Enumeration Survey will be published this month by the US Census Bureau.
The report will examine how the 2020 Census compares with the findings of the survey itself on population, ethnicity and age groups.
The next Census is in 2030.
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