'Paperless or homeless' is not a problem; Census means equal rights

'Paperless or homeless' is not a problem; Census means equal rights

NYC (Channel TT): Census is very important for people living in America. The population is calculated for all U.S. states every ten years. Every human being has the right to basic human needs; the 'Census' plays an important role to fulfill all of those needs. But the fears and anxieties of immigrants on this census still exist. Especially people of the City of NewYork which is also a dreamland for immigrants have mixed reactions.

The city administration has taken the matter into action. In the past no mayor has taken effective action on the 'census' issue; The exception is - current Mayor Bill de Blasio. He and his office have taken up a project on this subject. Several human rights organizations are working on this project called the NYC Mayor's Office Census-2020. These organizations will work under the overall supervision of the Census Bureau and the Mayor's Office. Correspondents are now fielding for registration in this year's Census. Particularly among immigrants who are illiterate in English or not careful about U.S. civil rights; One of the tasks is to raise awareness among them.

Representatives from the 'NYC Mayor's Office Census-2020' and the New York Chapter of the 'Census Bureau' recently organized a round-table. To invite South-Asian and Indo-Caribbean-based 'Ethnic Media'. The purpose is to highlight the benefits of the census among immigrants. Apart from this, remove all misunderstandings about it.

Representatives of several Bangladeshi media attended the seminar in Manhattan of New York City, including the 'Channel TT'. Apart from Bangladesh, many participated from different news media that representing India, Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal and Tibetans in South Asia.

At the seminar held at the New York Immigration Coalition Office auditorium, negotiators spoke openly about the benefits of the Census. Senior co-ordinator of the Immigration Coalition, Meeta Anand moderated the show. Among the spokespersons, there were Amit Singh Bhagaa, deputy director of the NYC Mayor's Census Office, Kazi Fouzia, census manager for Desis Rising Up Moving-Drum. Also, there were Aliya ​​Bhatia, Census Manager for Association for Better New York, Narbada Chhetri of the 'Adhikar''s Directorate of Organizing and Programs, Asian-American Fedaration's Census Outreach Manager Mariam Rauf, Image-USA, and the New York State Census Director Ahsia Badi and the Chhaya Community Development Corporation-CHHYACDC' Executive Director Annetta Seecharran. 

Organizers said all South Asian immigrants, in their own language, could register with the 'Census'. It will work for multiple people and organizations. The speakers also sought the cooperation of South-Asian Ethnic-media in establishing the rights of New York City residents.

At the end of the seminar, Amit Singh Bagga, deputy director of the NYC Mayor's Census Office, spoke to Channel TT. He confirmed that residents of the city can register in Census with just 10 simple questions. It has nothing to do with legal or illegal, citizenship, green card and how you live issues. The Trump administration has no right to enter the list, said Amit Singh Bagga. He said the census is a separate bureau, whether it is federal or central. The Bureau has a constitutional right to keep the information of the residents of the United States confidential.

At the seminar, Kazi Fouzia, a Bangladeshi-American human rights activist, took part in the talk. She also emphasized the 'Census-2020' list of all South Asian immigrants. Ms. Fouzia said many people felt that providing the information would cause harm to them. She urged all Bangladeshi migrants to enroll in this year's census. She said his organization would be on the side of the South Asian human rights organization 'DRUM' with any cooperation.

Representatives from various levels were present along with DRUM's Executive Director Fahd Ahmed in the audience's row. Organizers say that 'Census-2020' will be available online from the second week of March. 

Sohan Shuvo

Intern Newsroom Editor