Friday, January 29, 2010

2010 census boycott and immigration reform

Immigration reform is critical but what are we willing to risk? Rivera suggests that undocumented immigrants boycott the 2010 census. Does a boycott hurt the community in the short term or long term? I am not sure how the loss of federal funds will impact the community in totality but loss of resources means loss of services. Boycotts have been successful in our country's past but is this the answer for undocumented immigrants -Courtney

Miguel Rivera is a polarizing figure. To some he is a brave and resourceful fighter for undocumented immigrants. To others he is a misguided figure who could cause the loss of billions of federal dollars to Latino neighborhoods that need it most. His idea is simple: boycott the 2010 Census. The goal is to put enough pressure on Congress to pass immigration reform by April 1, 2010, the deadline to turn in census forms.

http://beta.newamericamedia.org/2009/09/census-boycott-divides-immigrants.php

2 comments:

Rocío said...

This is a tricky topic. It seems counterintuitive to encourage the immigrant Latino community to silence themselves when there are so many efforts underway to suppress their voices. This brought to mind a research program I participated in at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The immigrant Latino population is growing there and the schools are unable to adequately address their needs, as is typically the case in homogeneous communities that suddenly experience a change in their ethnic/cultural make-up. In terms of education alone, if the schools don't know how large the immigrant population is, how can they possibly begin to attempt to meet their needs? Efforts to serve the immigrant Latino communities could be greatly compromised. I don't know, I'm very torn about this. I'm not knowledgeable enough about the matter to consider what the long-term consequences could be, but this doesn't feel like the right approach to me.

Igor Holas said...

Rocio,

I completely agree about the risk of it. If this backfires, most of Latinos will disappear from the stats.

I appreciate Riviera's attempt to create a political weight behind the Latino population - for a long time this community was simply paid lip service to, and this, on the surface, looks like a demand for serious consideration of the Latino and immigrant issues.

However, I wonder whether anyone will care? I think the focus on HR seats might work out, but I am still worried, convinced even, that while the affected states will care, the House in general (and Senate) will not even notice, or sneer at the idea of bowing to this demand.

I might be looking at this negatively, but I am no convinced i could work .... but what do you all think: Is it worth the risk?