前車之鑒 洛縣人口普查回應倒數 加州少拿21億元

前車之鑒 洛縣人口普查回應倒數 加州少拿21億元
洛市長籲亞裔積極爭取聯邦資助

本報記者阮寧洛杉磯報道

人口普查事關聯邦每年超過4000億美元的基金,但洛杉磯縣卻在上一次人口普查過程中,成為全美第二難搜集數據的縣。洛杉磯市長維拉戈沙和亞太法律中心,25日因此一起向亞裔進行倡導,鼓勵大家積極參加今年的人口普查。

維拉戈沙表示,洛市民基本的生活需要,像學校、公共安全、醫療保健以及交通所需基金、聯邦撥款,或多或少基於人口普查的數字。大家必須行動起來,積極參與人口普查。特別是亞裔和太平洋島國裔居民,人數的正確計算非常關鍵,可幫助城市、縣以及州府獲得公平的聯邦基金。他表示,自己曾經參加了以前的人口普查,調查問卷相對比較複雜。而今年的人口普查問卷,只有10個問題,幾分鐘就可填完,因此大家一點不要覺得麻煩。

在2000年的人口普查過程中,在全加州統計人數內最難統計,沒有回應或沒有計算到的人數,洛杉磯就占了35%,比較與臨近地區聖地亞哥(San Diego)縣的人口調查沒有回應比率,洛杉磯縣的比率是5倍之多。

亞太法律中心(APALC)的主任郭志明(Stewart Kwoh)表示,亞裔和太平洋島國裔居民的組成非常複雜,每一個族裔和社區都面臨著如何讓社區了解及積極參與人口普查的挑戰。民眾可能擔心調查是否高度保密及數據如何整理分析,而移民可能不了解聯邦基金的分配程序,并且對美國政府也有距離感。因此,亞太法律中心偕同社區的領袖和團體,使用包括中文在內的 13種語言一起進行宣導。他相信只有懂得當地社區文化和語言的團體,才能夠完成這個使命。

洛杉磯區域人口普查中心華裔專員李鄒筱玲表示,亞裔社區是洛杉磯縣成長非常快的族裔,因此有很多實際的生活需求,而且美國政府權衡各地政治影響力、選舉的權利、勞工培訓等,都會依照人口普查的數字來考量,所以積極參與很重要。根據統計,每個沒有計算到人口普查的人數,都會令所處社區損失大約1萬4000美元的聯邦資助。而在上一次人口普查的活動中,根據加州沒有算進去的人數計算,整個州大約少拿到了聯邦21億美元的資金。

當天人口普查中心帕沙迪納(Pasadena)辦事處也正式開幕。李鄒筱玲介紹說,帕沙迪納辦事處服務亞凱迪亞(Arcadia)、阿罕布拉(Alhambra)、聖蓋博(San Gabriel)、 聖瑪利諾 (San Marino)、帕沙迪納 和南帕沙迪納(South Pasadena)地區,負責當地65個問卷發放中心,雇傭1500個調查員。等到三月份問卷開始發放以後,當地的華裔居民需要語言輔助,可以與辦事處聯絡。

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  2. *** The percentage of households that have mailed back their Census forms could top the 2000 response rate — a major accomplishment in the face of growing suspicion of government, swelling population and increased diversity.
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  5. *** With Census Day, April 1, rapidly approaching, AAJC is pleased with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s recent promise that immigration enforcement will not hinder Census 2010. And for her commitment to maintaining the integrity of the information it collects.
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  7. *** Call our Telephone Questionnaire Assistance Center or visit our Questionnaire Assistance Center and Be Counted sites. Download a Language Assistance Guide.
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