Completing the Census takes less than 10 minutes online or by phone
by El Reportero‘s cable services
SANTA CLARA – Univision, Santa Clara County, and San Mateo County conducted a Tele-Town Hall in Spanish to urge participation in the 2020 Census and answer questions from community members.
County Executive Deputy David Campos de Santa Clara, Puente Rita Mancera Executive Director, and county census staff participated in the call, and was moderated by José Luis González of KSOL 99.1 / 89.9 FM.
The joint event was part of a broader change in the census outreach strategy during the COVID-19 outbreak. Before the order to stay home, the Santa Clara County and San Mateo County census teams had planned a robust schedule list that included in-person events, large-scale door-to-door campaigns, and collaborative events with community organizations.
Now, all outreach efforts are shifting to a ‘digital first’ approach that will take advantage of work done organizing events in person to channel them into a strategy that meets the constraints due to COVID-19.
Completing an accurate census count is directly dependent on reaching our diverse community. Today’s two-county event in Spanish was part of a broader strategy to engage with our communities to promote full participation in the census at a time when in-person interactions are not possible.
The event promoted the lasting impact census participation has on our communities and the ways in which the public can participate.
Leaders from Santa Clara County and San Mateo County dispelled rumors related to the census and assured listeners that participation is confidential and that citizenship will not be asked.
A complete and accurate count is important to request that our region have a fair share of resources for vital public programs such as health care, nutritional assistance, education, and health care. Due to the changes that COVID-19 is requiring for census outreach programs, county officials emphasize the importance of an early response. Auto-reply is available in 13 languages. If people don’t answer for themselves, an enumerator from the US Census Bureau will visit your home later this year.
A recording of this event will be available for viewing on the County’s Census 2020 Facebook pages at https://www.facebook.com/SCCcensus/ and https://www.facebook.com/CountyofSanMateo/. Invitations to participate in the census are mailed to all households in March, and the 2020 Census Questionnaire can be completed at www.my2020census.gov or by calling 844-468-2020.
Mexico repatriates citizens from US due to Covid-19 pandemic
MEXICO, May 20 – The Mexican Government started the repatriation of its citizens from several US states due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs announced in a communiqué on Wednesday.
The communiqué from the secretariats of Foreign Affairs, Health and Interior says that there will be eight flights to repatriate Mexican citizens in coordination with the Government of the United States.
The flights, which started on Tuesday, will depart from San Diego, California (four) and Brownsville, Texas (four), on May 19, 22, 26 and 29.
The goal is to repatriate up to 133 Mexicans in a dignified, safe and orderly manner on each flight to facilitate the return home of 1,064 citizens.