Albert Baldeo calls upon all to fill out Census forms.
Albert Baldeo knows that our
has been undercounted in the past Census, and calls upon everyone to
fill out the forms. The benefits are enormous, such as:
personnel and equipment.
More schools for our
More after school
Greater stake in the
American Dream for our kids.
BALDEO ON THE 2010 CENSUS
UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS GET INTO TROUBLE FOR COMPLETING THE CENSUS
has been a constant question asked of me as the census forms will
arrive at every address in our community in a few days. The answer is NO. NOTHING
ASKED ABOUT YOUR IMMIGRATION STATUS, AND YOUR INFORMATION IS PROTECTEDഀ
BY LAW. NO ONE CAN BE DEPORTED BECAUSE OF THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THE
CENSUS. THE CENSUS COUNT IS DONE EVERY 10 YEARS IN THE USA, AND YOUR
PARTICIPATION WILL DRASTICALLY CHANGE THE WAY YOU AND GENERATIONS TO
COME PROGRESS IN THE USA.
As all new Americans celebrate
arrival and assimilation into American society, they must remember that
democracy is not a spectator sport. It is only through civic and
political participation that each succeeding generation can build and
enhance a legacy for its successors. Becoming US Citizens levels the
playing field. It removes the barriers an immigrant imposes upon
himself, and raises the bar for his children to follow. Simply put, it
is the crystallization of the American Dream.
We must remember that America is
"nation of immigrants," built by the blood, sweat and tears of
immigrants who similarly came to these shores to embrace a better life
for their families, and live a dream which was impossible elsewhere. But
we must also remember that many great people
fought and died for the right to vote, and if we are to preserve the
American Dream, then we must preserve the bedrock of our democracy-the
right to vote and participate in community and civic affairs such as
Why should we participate in the Census
fill out the form?
Every household in the country will
receive a questionnaire by next week. To ensure an accurate and fair
count of all populations at all geographic levels in the nation, the
Census Bureau needs you or someone in your household to respond to the
census questionnaire-including the undocumented, and those who live in
your attic or basements. Laws protect the
confidentiality of all your information and violating these laws are
crimes with severe penalties. In addition, other federal laws,
including the Confidential Statistical Efficiency Act and the Privacy
Act reinforce these protections.
important. - Census data
affect funding for your community, your community’s
representation in Congress and your community leader’s planning
The census questionnaire takes only a few minutes to answer and return
confidential. - Your responses
are protected by law (Title 13, U.S. Code, Section 9). All Census
Bureau employees have taken an oath to protect confidentiality and are
subject to a jail term, a fine - or both - for disclosing any
information that could identify a respondent or household.
required by law. - The information
you provide is combined with responses provided by your neighbors and
other households across the country, to provide summary statistical
data that are used by various local, state and federal agencies.
participation is important:
- Census affects funding in your
Census data directly affect how more than $400 billion per year in
federal and state funding is allocated to communities for neighborhood
improvements, public health, education, transportation and much more.
That's more than $3 trillion over a 10-year period. Spending just a few
minutes to fill out your census form will help ensure your community
gets its fair share of federal and state funding.
- Census affects your voice in Congress
Mandated by the
U.S. Constitution, the census is also used to apportion seats in the
U.S. House of Representatives and to redistrict state legislatures,
which means that new Americans can take their proper seat at the table
of government, and enjoy their just share in our tax dollars.
- Census affects your representation in
state and local government
Census data are
used to define legislature districts, school district assignment areas
and other important functional areas of government.
- Census informs your community's
The census is
like a snapshot that helps define who we are as a nation. Data about
changes in your community are crucial to many planning decisions, such
as where to provide services for the elderly, where to build new roads,
hospitals and schools, or where to locate job training centers.
should also become US Citizens
- U.S. citizens have the right to obtain
a US passport and
receive assistance from U.S. Embassies and Consulates when traveling
- U.S. citizens have the ability to
sponsor family members so
they can obtain green cards and legally immigrate to the United States.
- Children of U.S. citizens are
automatically U.S. citizens by
birth (in most cases, even if they are born outside the United States).
- U.S. citizens have security from
removal or deportation from
the United States.
- U.S. citizens have the right to live
or take long trips
outside of the US, without worrying about compromising one's visa.
- U.S. citizens have the right to vote
and select their
- U.S. citizens have the ability to
apply for certain federal
jobs, since citizenship is sometimes a requirement of employment
- U.S. citizens have an unquestioned
right to return to the
United States, since citizens cannot be denied entry.
- U.S. citizens have the right to apply
for certain federal and