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Activity Number: 159 - What Happens When the U.S. Population Is Undercounted in the Decennial Census?
Type: Topic Contributed
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 4, 2020 : 10:00 AM to 11:50 AM
Sponsor: Committee of Representatives to AAAS
Abstract #312361
Title: How Are Invisible Communities of Immigrants in the United States Counted? What Happens If They’re Undercounted?
Author(s): Nadia Flores-Yeffal*
Companies: Texas Tech University
Keywords: Unauthorized Immigrants; Census Undercount; Invisibility; Migration-Trust Networks; Mexican and Central American Immigrants; Vulnerability
Abstract:

In this paper, I first identify the current methods that exist to count the current unauthorized immigrant population in the United States which is estimated to be over 11 million. I then analyze the data I have collected on the topic of Migration-Trust Networks (the social networks of undocumented immigrants) and the existing literature on undocumented immigration to identify the social, economic and health related consequences of not counting all the current unauthorized immigrant population in the Census. So far, the findings suggest that the current methods to estimate this population still don't lead to exact estimates. Also, findings suggest that as a consequence, the current undocumented population and their U.S. citizen children are being deprived of the most essential social, economic, and health related resources so they can live as regular citizens given that they are being undercounted. This situation is also creating a permanent population of second-class citizens who are being deprived of the means and resources to incorporate themselves into the rest of the U.S. society and experience upward mobility which is also affecting the future generations.


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