Census is crucial, but many people may go uncounted | COMMENTARY

Baltimore Jews against ICE along with various community groups protested and blocked the entrance of the Howard County Detention Center this summer. As the Census count is taken this year, some are worried immigrants and other groups will be undercounted. (Xavier Plater/Baltimore Sun)

JAN 24, 2020 
This year marks the beginning of a new decade and importantly, a new Census — the nationwide survey that will influence the political and socio-economic agenda for the next 10 years. When I moved to Baltimore in 2011, the Census data from the previous year had been released and with it came a debate on redistricting and the loss of representation in the General Assembly. Nine years later, I have witnessed the growth of immigrant communities in Baltimore. You can see the demographic shift throughout the city from inclusive murals to the growing number of minority-owned businesses. The recent Year in Review report from the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs highlighted the tremendous contributions by immigrants who account for 1 in 5 businesses in Baltimore. The Latino population alone represents approximately 8% of the city’s populationa 134% increase since the last census.