Oregon’s Latinx population is young and growing, and while Latinx Oregonians come from a variety of backgrounds, most were born in the United States. We make strong contributions to our state’s economy, in fact, studies show that Latinx participation in the labor force in Oregon is higher than white participation, and the number of Latinx-owned businesses is increasing rapidly.
We should have representation in government that reflects our contributions and interests, as we are deeply invested in making Oregon a safe and welcoming place to live and raise our families.
Oregon stands to gain another seat in Congress, which will give us the opportunity to be better represented in our democracy.
A complete Latinx Census count translates into billions of dollars for our kids’ school district, representation of our issues at the local, state and federal level, and critical public services like roads, hospitals, emergency services, community centers, and services for families of color and immigrants.
About 10% of Oregonians were born outside the US and 1 out of 9 Oregonians lives with a non-citizen. We acknowledge that Immigrants who are on temporary visas to the U.S. or awaiting full residency status are extremely reluctant to participate in the census. Given anti-immigrant legislation enacted under the current U.S. federal administration.
There are important things you should know about what is asked in the Census form and who has access to those answers.
The citizenship question is blocked from appearing on the 2020 Census. The Census form will not ask for a social security number as many immigrants do not have one.
Click here to see a sample questionnaire of the census form.
The census count of non-citizens includes people who immigrated to the United States without authorization as well as those granted temporary work visas, regardless of your status you take the 2020 Census.
Federal law prohibits the Census Bureau from releasing personal information for 72 years. The Census Bureau has a legal commitment to keep census responses confidential. It will never share information with immigration enforcement agencies like Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), law enforcement agencies like the police or Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), or allow this information to be used to determine eligibility for government benefits.
Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics—they cannot be used against you in any way. By law, all responses to U.S. Census Bureau household and business surveys are kept private. No other offices can access your Census information, including U.S. Immigrant and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
More than 10,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients live in Oregon. These young people need to be represented in a headcount in order to have educational and recreational resources allocated to them.
The Latinx community can make a big difference. Let’s make sure that our values, ideas, and dreams are part of important decisions in Oregon and across the country…now and in the future.
We have several partner organizations that specialize in helping Latinx people navigate filling out the Census. For additional assistance please see https://causaoregon.org, https://www.uniteoregon.org, https://www.latnet.org/, https://pcun.org/.
Download our toolkit!
Download our Latinx Toolkit for additional resources for talking about and sharing information about the Census.