California secretary of state: Trump not ruling out immigration arrests during Census events
Added 07-11-19 05:59:02pm EST - “California's? elections chief told ThinkProgress the Census officials gave no guarantees that undocumented immigrants would not be arrested at events that promote participation in the 2020 Census.” - Thinkprogress.org
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California’s secretary of state claims the U.S. Census Bureau has not received any guarantees that immigration officials would not target undocumented immigrants at events that promote participation in the 2020 Census.
Alex Padilla, who is also the state’s chief elections official, told ThinkProgress he asked whether the Trump administration would target undocumented immigrants at such government-sponsored events during a June 4 meeting with Albert Fontenot, associate director of the bureau’s Decennial Census Programs.
According to Padilla, Fontenot told him that the bureau “had asked” but had not received any assurances. Padilla has since reached back out to the Census Bureau for answers in writing but has still not received a response.
“I never would have expected that I would have to ask the question because I don’t put anything past Trump to intimidate or scare people away from participating in the Census,” Padilla said.
“So I asked the question and sure enough they had thought about it and they inquired and they have not received any guarantees or assurances,” he added.
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