For Immediate Release:
July 22, 1999
Bureau to Implement Monitoring Board Recommendation To Hire Qualified Non-citizens
for Census 2000
- The U.S. Census Monitoring Board today hailed a Department of Commerce decision
to grant a waiver allowing the Census Bureau to hire qualified non-citizens
for the 2000 decennial census. This was a key recommendation made by the bipartisan
Board in a joint report to Congress in April that focused on critical operational
issues the Bureau faces as it prepares for the census next year.
the Bureau to hire non-citizens who are legally residing in the United States
gives the agency an important tool to find and count those people living in
hard-to-enumerate areas", said the seven members of the bipartisan Census
the strength of our national economy and the low unemployment rate, the Board
noted that the Bureau could have a difficult time finding enough census workers
who are citizens. Hiring qualified non-citizens allows the Bureau to meet
its personnel needs for the census, as well as improve the count of immigrant
communities, the Board added.
nation is home to people representing many cultures and languages. In many
instances, these new residents speak little or no English or bring with them
a distrust of government in any form due to having lived under repressive
regimes in their former homelands," said the Board. "But they are part of
the American family and every effort should be expended to find and count
them in Census 2000."
Members of the Board are Co-Chair Gilbert F. Casellas, Everett M. Ehrlich,
and Lorraine Green. The Congressional Members of the Board are Co-Chair J.
Kenneth Blackwell, Dr. David W. Murray, A. Mark Neuman, and Joe D. Whitley.
To learn more about Census 2000 and the U.S. Census Monitoring Board please
see our websites: www.cmbp.gov and www.cmbc.gov.
Monitoring Board is a bipartisan panel created by Congress to monitor the
preparations for and implementation of Census 2000.
Contact: Estela B. Mendoza,
301-457-9903 or Clark Reid 301-457-5088