Week 3phi103 - Hi Everyone Census 2010 can count on...

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Hi Everyone, Census 2010 can count on controversy By Audrey Singer , Special to CNN January 4, 2010 6:48 a.m. EST Editor's note : Audrey Singer is a senior fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at The Brookings Institution, where she specializes in demography, immigration and urban and metropolitan change. Her recent book, "Twenty-First Century Gateways," and other research can be found here . (CNN) -- It's almost that time: the once-a-decade-moment when the U.S. Bureau of the Census tries to determine the population. Counting more than 300 million residents is a complex and costly operation (an estimated $14 billion), but the results yield the basis for how we apportion Congress, distribute more than $400 billion in federal funds and understand basic changes to the number and geographic distribution of U.S. residents. The largest challenge that the Census Bureau faces is ensuring everyone is counted, regardless of where they live, who they live with and perhaps most controversially, regardless of whether they are authorized to live in the United States. Most households will receive a census form by mail in mid-March to be filled out as of Census Day, April 1. First results of state counts for redistricting purposes must be delivered by December 31. The rest of the results will be released over a period of time that ends in 2013. Filling out a census form is mandatory by law. The 2010 Census will have 10 basic questions for each household member, but it is viewed as a burdensome task by some because they see the questions as too personal or the process too intrusive. Others distrust what the government will do with the information or fear that it may be used against them. Some are hampered by language barriers. Still others have more than one residence. Every decade, the
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