First 2020 Census Hearing

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The 2020 Census is fast approaching and the state’s complete count commission is ready. They’re in Rochester Monday as part of several state-wide public hearings to encourage the community to participate in the upcoming census. State officials are actively seeking people to help them out.

“We got to get recruiting because if we don’t, it’ll affect everything downhill for that,” said Jeff Behler, Regional Director, Census Bureau. 

According to officials, the census determines the number of seats each state has in US House of Representatives. Defines congressional and state legislative districts, school districts, and voting precincts. Plus, determines the annual allocation in federal funding that provides money to Medicaid, SNAP, highway planning, Section 8 housing among other state grants that the city can obtain.

Census officials reassured that undocumented immigrants should not have fear to participate in the census, because their information with the census is protected. 

 “We can not share that information with immigration. We can’t share it with Homeland Security. We can not share with any other federal and state agency, their data is protected,” said Behler. “In addition, we need to make sure we hire locally within that community if there’s a need to knock on doors in their community is from someone they trust and it’s from someone they know. “

The census regional director says they’re going to focus on and put more effort into counting undocumented immigrants this round in order to ensure a complete and accurate count.    

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