Immigrant Communities - We Count Oregon

Immigrant Communities

As immigrants, we are what makes Oregon a diverse and enriching place to live. Our unique perspectives and cultural offerings add depth to life in Oregon. 

Whether we are elected officials or small business owners, we can all learn from each other and our lives are enhanced when we embrace each other’s differences. 

In past censuses immigrants have gone uncounted — perpetuating systemic racism, undermining political representation, and underfunding resources we all use.

It is critical we are counted to ensure our communities have access to important public services like multilingual education materials, immigrant community programs, immigrant legal services, translation services, grants and federal funding, culturally-relevant health services, k-12 school services, public assistance programs, and vocational training programs.

The citizenship question is blocked from appearing on the 2020 Census.

Click here to see a sample questionnaire of the census form.

More than 10,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients live in Oregon. These young people need to be counted in order to have funding made available for education and recreational resources they deserve.

We have the right to be seen and fully recognized. The Census means that we are seen in our democracy: the 2020 Census could mean another seat in Congress for Oregon, another opportunity for our voices to be heard.

The 2020 Census is different than 2010. It attempts to cover more of our identities by having additional check-boxes for race and relations.

We understand that Immigrants who are on temporary visas to the U.S. or awaiting full residency status are extremely reluctant to participate in the census. So the #WeCountOregon campaign is working with our immigrant communities to give special support and attention to assuage fears and concerns about being counted.

Please see our training page to learn more about how you can help get the word out to our communities. 

Federal law prohibits sharing data identifying individuals from the Census surveys with anyone for 72 years. This includes other government agencies like Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and anyone outside of the Bureau. After 72 years, data on individual people can be released publicly. 

Is my census data safe?

Questions? You can call the Census Bureau at 1-800-923-8282.

The Census Bureau’s telephone call centers will answer questions and accept responses in English and in 12 other languages: Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Japanese.

We have several partner organizations that specialize in helping immigrants navigate filling out forms such as the Census. For additional assistance please see  https://causaoregon.org/; https://www.uniteoregon.org/; https://www.latnet.org/; https://pcun.org/; or oregoncat.org

Download our toolkit!

Download our Immigrant Toolkit for additional resources for talking about and sharing information about the Census.

Questions? Contact us.