CENSUS’S NEW PROCEDURE FOR DISTRIBUTING INFORMATION ON ARAB-AMERICANS IS NOT A CHANGE, SAYS REP. MALONEY

Aug 30, 2004
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Despite reports today suggesting that the Census Bureau has ended its policy of supplying law enforcement with information on Arab-Americans, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), former Ranking Member of the House Census Subcommittee, says that while a level of bureaucracy was added, not much has changed. During the Bush Administration, Census Bureau employees have freely supplied the Department of Homeland Security with information on where Arab-Americans live. Under the new policy announced today, an Associate Director of the Bureau must now approve such an action.

“The Census Bureau’s mission is to provide our country with statistics, not to assist in law enforcement – an action that could compromise the cooperation of the American people in conducting the Census in the future,” said Maloney. “Don’t be fooled, the Census Bureau hasn’t halted this practice, they’ve merely added a bureaucratic speed bump. The Bureau should not be doing this at all.”

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