From the NY Times:
Thursday was the day by which the Census Bureau wanted every resident to complete the 10-question form that will provide the data for the 2010 census. The bureau knew that New York City, with its huge immigrant population and its bevy of unorthodox and sometimes illegal living arrangements, would be a difficult challenge
The early returns were not encouraging.
By Wednesday, 32 percent of the surveys mailed to New York City addresses had been returned, compared with 52 percent for the country as a whole. Stacey Cumberbatch, the city’s census coordinator, said she was disappointed with the rate so far, adding, “It should be higher, and we have to work to get it higher.”
The work of volunteer groups helping the census is critical, and their success has often been measured in small victories. It might take hours to persuade Mexicans who illegally share an apartment on Staten Island to put all of their names on the form or days to persuade day laborers in western Queens that they should participate in the survey.
Illegal immigrants must be told, sometimes repeatedly, that the Census Bureau does not share information about individuals with any other government agency. And some immigrants and other New Yorkers need an explanation about why their taking a few minutes to fill out a form could translate into better schools, hospitals and transportation.
Maybe if you didn't insult people's intelligence, you'd have a better response rate. Better schools, hospitals and transportation? Please. It's also rather ironic that part of the reason all three are overcrowded is because of the very illegal aliens the government is so desperately trying to count and has no intention of returning back home.