Anti-Immigrant Republicans Would Run Up Cost Of Census
Republican Senators David Vitter (right) of Louisiana and Bob Bennett of Utah are offering an amendment to a spending bill that would bar funds from being used for the Census unless there is a question about a person’s citizenship status. Maybe they feel this will prevent someone slipping into the country from Kenya who could one day run for president.
If successful, the change would force the Census Bureau to reprint more than 425 million questionnaires, as it had already started printing the forms in order to have them ready for distribution in early 2010. It would require software revisions, new training materials and revised promotional campaigns. And it could fuel a boycott of the Census supported by some Latino leaders as a way to protest U.S. immigration policy.
Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz of Utah is introducing a similar measure in the house.Click here for reuse options!
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