Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Immigrants not filling out census
From Eyewitness News:
City leaders are worried because a vast number of New Yorkers aren't filling out their census forms - especially those people in immigrant communities.
From Jerome Avenue in the Bronx, to Jackson Heights in Queens -- time is of the essence for community activists and census workers.
They're begging residents to be counted, because so far, the city's numbers are not even close to what they should be.
"There are some parts of the city where only 17 percent of the households have completed the census -- 16 to 17 percent, that's pretty bad," said Commissioner Fatima Shama, Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs.
And the problem is the worst in the immigrant communities, but only some people realize how important it is to fill out.
During the last census in Queens, the federal government actually stopped immigration raids. But that's not the case this time around. Which is why there is still some concern in the community.
When was the last immigration raid in Queens? Please... The Mayor's Office says it's even worse than that:
The New York City response rate as of today (3/24), by county, is as follows:
* Bronx County – 2 percent
* Kings County – 6 percent
* New York County – 7 percent
* Queens County – 6 percent
* Richmond County – 16 percent
Some neighborhoods that have had a particularly low early response rate to date include:
* Most of Jamaica, Queens – less than 2 percent
* Lower East Side, Manhattan – less than 2 percent
* A portion of Ocean Hill, Brooklyn – no forms returned
* A portion of Soundview, Bronx – no forms returned