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Census event reaches out to immigrants and minorities

By Danielle Thomas – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Some local community outreach agencies says when it comes to the census, immigrants and minorities can't afford not to be counted. People gathered in East Biloxi on Saturday for the Census Community Carnival. The carnival included international food vendors, children's games and plenty of handouts about the 2010 Census.

The Census Bureau, the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Vietnamese C.C.C., the Leadership Conference Education Fund and the Hope Community Development Agency put on the event. Organizers say without correct counts of immigrants and minorities those communities will suffer.

"Specifically for communities of color and immigrant communities, we lose more because we lose the resources that we would normally have access to,"said Victoria Cintra of MIRA. "We may have access to them but they would be lower, less and scarcer. It's really important that all of us be counted, but specifically communities that typically get undercounted. "

MIRA officials say in their doing door to door surveys they found many neighborhoods have yet to receive census forms.

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