Census Trying To Reach Immigrants Away From Border

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

DALLAS - Census forms are going out soon, and federal workers face their usual Texas challenge of accounting for immigrants who would rather not be noticed.

It's a problem with every decade's census in the nation's second most populous state, which shares a 2,000-mile frontier with Mexico. It's not exclusively a border issue though.

In fact, U.S. Census Bureau officials also are targeting areas away from the border where large pockets of "hard to count" immigrants wind up after entering the country.

The Census Bureau has launched a national campaign to better inform immigrants in response to complaints that Hispanics were largely undercounted in 2000.

For the first time, millions of census forms have been printed in Spanish. And the bureau's trying to hire bilingual workers to get into isolated communities.

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