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Congresswoman Clarke Fights to Ensure Brooklyn is Accurately Counted in 2010 Census

Clarke Joins Congressional Field Hearing On Census Fraud

Brooklyn, New York — Today, Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (D-Brooklyn, New York — Today, Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (D- NY, NY-11) participated in a Congressional Oversight and Government Reform Committee field hearing chaired by Rep. Edolphus “Ed” Towns (D-NY, NY-10) looking into alleged Census fraud at the North East Local Census Office, prompting the recount of nearly 10,000 households in our community. Rep. Clarke released the following statement:

“First, I would like to thank Chairman Towns for inviting me to sit in on this hearing regarding a very pressing and important issue affecting my districts, the Brooklyn community and the Greater New York Area. I would also like to acknowledge my colleagues, Congressmen Rangel, Clay, and McMahon, My colleagues in the City and State government and special guests joining us today.

“As the Representative of the 11th Congressional District, I have been diligent in rallying my constituency to fully participate in the Census process. That is why I am very concerned about the recent allegations of fraud that we are here to discuss.

“Like many of my colleagues in the New York Congressional Delegation, I represent an extremely diverse constituency. According to the Census Bureau’s 2005-2007 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimates, the total population of my district is roughly 700,000. Approximately 39% of this population consists of foreign-born immigrants from all over the world.

“Approximately 47% of the immigrant population that settled in my district between 1980 and 2008 has yet to obtain naturalized citizenship, their immigration status varying from legal permanent residents to undocumented or having some other legal visa designation.

“This extremely vulnerable population is already concerned with sharing private information with government entities for fear of compromising their immigration status. Therefore, when incidences of fraud arise regarding Census information, I am deeply troubled by the potential impact it has on their fragile participation rate.

“As a result, an accurate count of the residents in our districts, the integrity of the process and the direly needed resources to our districts are further compromised.
“Moreover, since the incidences of fraud were exposed by an honest employee, I am concerned about the unknown rate of fraud that has yet to be exposed.

“It is my hope that through this hearing the Congressional Oversight Committee, my colleagues, and I gain insight into ways in which we can mitigate the occurrence of fraud in future Census taking. The people of my district and of Brooklyn heavily rely on it.”