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Latino speaker urges scrutiny of next census count

September 21, 2018

With $700 billion in federal funding at stake, a national expert in Latino affairs urged local civic leaders Friday to closely monitor Census 2020, the national headcount.

Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, said that under the current political climate and with a citizenship question being pushed by the Trump administration, Hispanics are suspect of the government’s motives.

“We want to make sure everyone gets counted,” said Vargas, a nationally recognized expert in Latino demographic trends, electoral participation, voting rights, the Census, and redistricting.

The federal government distributes about $700 billion a year nationwide based on the official census count, performed every 10 years.

Vargas was the headline speaker for an event hosted by Latinos Count, a local nonprofit with a mission “to prepare Latino youth for global opportunities.” The group awarded college scholarships to 15 Latino youth in the last year.

For more on this story, see Saturday’s print edition of The Journal Gazette or visit www.journalgazette.net after 1 a.m. Saturday.

rshawgo@jg.net

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