Calls to boycott census split Protestant Latinos

A tough decision for undocumented immigrants
With less than six months to go before the start of the 2010 census, immigration reform activists—divided over whether undocumented immigrants should volunteer to be counted—are escalating rhetoric as they seek critical support from Latino evangelical and Protestant pastors.

The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) launched a nationwide campaign October 1 to encourage participation in the census and recruit support from faith leaders. Nonparticipants in the census “cause injury to their community” by keeping public resources from reaching their neighbors in need, said Arturo Vargas, NALEO’s executive director.


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