Menendez, Latino Pastors Team Up To Ensure Accurate Census Count

Sen. Bob Menendez
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NEWARK, N.J. (WCBS 880) — A New Jersey coalition of Latino pastors are working together to make sure the Hispanic community is accounted for when census workers go door-to-door.

The Trump administration's failed effort to get a citizenship question on the census created a certain level of fear within the Hispanic community, WCBS 880’s Kevin Rincon reports.

"Given the climate of anti-immigration rhetoric that we see so much, it is very important that every Latino person is counted,” says the Reverend Raul Ruiz.

Ruiz, the president of the New Jersey Latino Pastors and Ministers Coalition – a group representing over 37,000 parishioners – was joined at a church in Newark by Sen. Bob Menendez who supports the cause.

“When it comes to the census, it's no exaggeration to say, that if you don't get counted, you literally don't count,” the Democrat said.

He says that can't be emphasized enough, the census is about counting everyone, “regardless of their citizenship status or nation of origin.”

The effort to count the Hispanic community will include the help of religious leaders in over 375 churches statewide.