Friday, August 24, 2007
The N.Y. Times reports that, "[i]n contrast to the months before and after the 2000 census was conducted, raids on illegal immigrants will not be suspended during the population count in 2010, federal officials say. `We would not even consider scaling back our efforts,' said Pat A. Reilly, a spokeswoman for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. The census counts all residents, legal and illegal."
Such threats are unlikely to contribute to an accurate population count in Census 2010. frightened immigrants will be more likely to hide out from Census takers. One also has to wonder about the purpose of the promise to continue raids. 2008 is a presidential election year and we will have a new president by the time Census 2010 commences. The new president likely will not agree with President Bush on many immigration matters. ICE officials should be weary of making promises that the agency might not be able to keep.