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Why US rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is tweeting in Bangla

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s official account has posted two tweets in Bangla and Spanish.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, AOC, AOC tweet in bangla, cortez tweet in Bangla, US census, NYC census, Donald trump, trump census directive, indian express Cortez said, ‘The more of us who meet the census, the more money we get for NYC’s schools, roads, bridges, healthcare, housing, and more. (File)

US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has tweeted in Bangla and Spanish from her Twitter account, urging New York residents to participate in the ongoing census.

“The census does NOT ask any questions about immigration or citizenship status. The census is for all the inhabitants of the United States. No one will see your private census data – not your landlord. Neither the ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement],” the tweet, when translated to English, reads.

 

The United States Census takes place once every 10 years. Based on the count, federal funds are allocated for public services and amenities. New York, though, has generally had a poor response rate to the census.

According to the NYC census website, “The census is so much more than just a count. Census information is used to determine New York City’s fair share of billions of dollars in federal funds for public education, affordable housing, infrastructure, and more — as well as the number of seats we have in Congress. Because so much is at stake, it’s critical that New Yorkers stand up and be counted in the 2020 Census.”

In the 2010 Census, the city’s self-response rate was less than 62%, compared with the national average of 76%. This year too, the census has seen a 54% self-response rate by July 27.

“The more of us who meet the census, the more money we get for NYC’s schools, roads, bridges, healthcare, housing, and more. Complete it in less than 10 minutes,” Cortez said in another tweet posted in both Spanish and Bangla.

The census this time is in controversy for another reason. According to The New York Times, on July 21, US President Donald Trump “directed the federal government not to count immigrants who are living in the country illegally when allocating the nation’s House districts, a move that critics called a transparent political ploy to help Republicans in violation of the Constitution.”

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The directive can exclude millions of people when deciding how many House seats each state should have based on census. So far, the policy has been to count all residents, irrespective of citizenship or legal status. “The effect would likely shift several seats from Democratic states to Republican states,” said the NYT.

First published on: 31-07-2020 at 01:02 IST
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