DALLAS (AP) - 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.