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Census campaign focusing on immigrants; includes road tour

Feb. 20, 2010 (AP): Immigrant advocates and Latino leaders kicked off campaigns around the United States hoping to convince undocumented immigrants to respond to the U.S. Census. The public awareness campaigns, for example, launched Tuesday at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, aimed to ease immigrants’ fears about participating in the federal government's annual headcount.

U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur and Toledo Mayor Mike Bell listen to Margarita De León as she explains the mechanics of the 2010 Census and how it affects Latinos.


The 2010 Census Portrait of America Road Tour came to Ohio (then on to Michigan) to encourage local residents to complete and return their census form this March. Event stops in Sandusky, Bowling Green, and Toledo were part of a cross-country road tour in which participants would learn about the 2010 Census and the positive impact their participation can have on their communities.


In Toledo on February 20, 2010, U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur, Mayor Mike Bell, Census Complete Count Committee Co-Chairman John Jones, and Census Latina liaison Margarita De León attended at the Mayores Senior Center. The Census 2010 Road Tour is part of a “Care Team” event.


The Care Team provides services such as food stamps, utilities, food and legal services under a one-stop shop every month. Census Bureau staff were on hand to answer questions and to explain the importance of a complete and accurate count of residents for Toledo and Lucas County.

Bowling Green was visited on Feb. 19 and Sandusky on Feb. 18, 2010. Census Road Tour displays, including interactive electronic displays, allowed attendees to learn how simple, safe, and important the census is for the county, city and all residents. Census staff were be on hand to deliver tests to job applicants—the Census will be hiring numerous individuals to complete its goals and mission.


2010 Census
Portrait of America
Road Tour

The federal government is required by the U.S. Constitution to conduct the census every 10 years, and the results are used to apportion political representation and federal aid. All residents living in the U.S.—regardless of immigration status—are counted.

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