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Our Opinion: Census must count everyone

When the 2010 census is conducted, it is essential that illegal immigrants know they have nothing to fear from the government counters.

An estimated 500,000 illegal immigrants are in Arizona, according to the Pew Hispanic Center, a research group in Washington, D.C. That would represent about 9 percent of Arizona’s population – the highest percentage of illegal immigrants of any state.

The census is supposed to count all residents of the nation – not just those who are here legally. It is not a count of citizens but a count of people living here and using services here.

The census numbers are used to allocate everything from House membership to federal dollars.

Without an accurate census count, Arizona could lose millions of dollars in federal funding for roads, schools, redevelopment and other projects.

It is important that residents of Arizona know that the Census Bureau does not care about immigration status and does not share the information it collects with law enforcement agencies.

A complete count is needed, and that word must get out.

Citizen Online Archive, 2006-2009

This archive contains all the stories that appeared on the Tucson Citizen's website from mid-2006 to June 1, 2009.

In 2010, a power surge fried a server that contained all of videos linked to dozens of stories in this archive. Also, a server that contained all of the databases for dozens of stories was accidentally erased, so all of those links are broken as well. However, all of the text and photos that accompanied some stories have been preserved.

For all of the stories that were archived by the Tucson Citizen newspaper's library in a digital archive between 1993 and 2009, go to Morgue Part 2

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