U.S. Representatives Mike Honda and Robert C. Scott held a national census teleconference on March 23. On behalf of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), they joined the Census Bureau, ethnic media reporters, congressional leaders, and Asian American and Pacific Islander (API) community stakeholders in a discussion about the 15 million APIs in this country.
“We each have a critical role to play to make sure that our communities are counted,” said Honda, chair of CAPAC. Honda advocated for the $1 billion of census funding in the recent economic recovery legislation, boosting resources for the constitutionally mandated count.
Scott, chair of CAPAC’s Civil Rights Task Force, said, “The decennial count also affects bread and butter issues in our communities. Each person left uncounted costs a local jurisdiction $24,000 of federal funding over a course of 10 years.” ♦
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