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2020 Census Sparks Fear In Houston Immigrants, Mayor Turner Says

Turner joins colleagues at 86th U.S. Conference of Mayors

Houston’s Mayor Sylvester Turner is at the Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has been talking about Houston’s diversity. One in four Houstonians is foreign-born, and about 140 different languages are spoken in Houston. Turner said immigration, DACA, refugees and diversity impact Houston on many levels.

“We said we will follow any law that is consistent with the United States constitution. And I will tell you that will impact the census because there is so much fear, anxiety amongst the immigrant refugee community.”

Mayor Turner said immigrants will be afraid to be counted, either in person or online, when the census starts in April 2020. He said getting a full and accurate count is important.

“Doesn’t matter whether you’re a citizen or not, we’re obligated by federal law to count everyone. It’s because this count will determine how your political representation will be divided, financial resources cities will receive.”

The conference is also looking at infrastructure, the opioids crisis, and workforce development.

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