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The Census, GOP and Latinos: Bye Bye Latino Vote!

Friday, October 16, 2009 , Posted by LATINO EVENTS Y TESPIS MAGAZINE at 6:22 PM

Miguel Guadalupe's article on the huffpost hits the mark, people. These tactics have the potential of creating a lot of fear. An educated voter is the way to go.

The Census and the GOP Latino Strategy: If You Can't Beat 'Em, Don't Count 'Em

The amendment to the fiscal 2010 Commerce-Justice-Science spending bill (HR 2847) being proposed in the senate right now to stop funding the 2010 Census until they change their survey to include questions about citizenship may be the final nail in the coffin of the GOP/Latino relationship.
Fresh from their successful assault on ACORN, who incurred the wrath of the GOP not because members gave bad advice to pretend pimps, but because of their ability to register millions of poor people ahead of the 2008 elections, the radical right now turns on the revered and apolitical institution of the Census Bureau, in the hopes of intimidating future generations from the most basic of social participation -- being counted.
Specifically, Republican Sens. David Vitter of Louisiana and Bob Bennett of Utah have proposed to require all those who fill out the surveys to affirm their citizenship status, and then attempt to discount millions of people who peacefully live, work and contribute to America. The justification is that the undocumented should not be counted because they can't vote. However, there is no question of whether people are ex-cons, another population of people who do not have voting rights in many states, but are counted within the census numbers. The amendment gets even narrower as they consider making the choice "citizen" or "non-citizen" seeking to discount even further those who are "legal" residents or have visas but haven't yet become full citizens.
Read the whole article on the huffpost

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