Census workers can enter your apartment in your absence

Thousands of census workers, including many temporary employees, are fanning out across America to gather information on the citizenry.  This is a process that takes place not only every decade in order to complete the constitutionally-mandated census; but also as part of the continuing “American Community Survey” conducted by the Census Bureau on a regular basis year in and year out.

What many Americans don’t realize, is that census workers — from the head of the Bureau and the Secretary of Commerce (its parent agency) down to the lowliest and newest Census employee — are empowered under federal law to actually demand access to any apartment or any other type of home or room that is rented out, in order to count persons in the abode and for “the collection of statistics.”  If the landlord of such apartment or other  leased premises refuses to grant the government worker access to your living quarters, whether you are present or not, the landlord can be fined $500.00.

That’s right — not only can citizens be fined if they fail to answer the increasingly intrusive questions asked of them by the federal government under the guise of simply counting the number of people in the country; but a landlord must give them access to your apartment whether you’re there or not, in order to gather whatever “statistics” the law permits.

In fact, some census workers apparently are going even further and demanding — and receiving — private cell phone numbers from landlords in order to call tenants and obtain information from them.  Isn’t it great to live in a “free” country?

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Jackson * 6

May 28th, 2010
2:47 pm

WRONG – Census workers can enter your apartment in your absence

RIGHT – Census workers can enter your apartment BUILDING in your absence

A manager should give access to an apartment building OR provide names… one OR the other..

“Whoever, being the owner, proprietor, manager, superintendent, or agent of any hotel, apartment house, boarding or lodging house, tenement, or other building, refuses or willfully neglects, when requested by the Secretary or by any other officer or employee of the Department of Commerce or bureau or agency thereof, acting under the instructions of the Secretary, to furnish the names of the occupants of such premises, or to give free ingress thereto and egress therefrom to any duly accredited representative of such Department or bureau or agency thereof, so as to permit the collection of statistics with respect to any census provided for in subchapters I and II of chapter 5 of this title, or any survey authorized by subchapter IV or V of such chapter insofar as such survey relates to any of the subjects for which censuses are provided by such subchapters I and II, including, when relevant to the census or survey being taken or made, the proper and correct enumeration of all persons having their usual place of abode in such premises, shall be fined not more than $500.”

http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode13/usc_sec_13_00000223—-000-.html

Mark

May 28th, 2010
2:47 pm

To be fair, as newly terminated Census Enumerator, the ‘increasingly intrusive’ comment is not wholly accurate. All the Census wanted to know was the names, gender, ages, race, and ownership status of the dwelling in question which is must less then was asked in years past. Providing ones phone number was entirely optional. But it is true that there are ludicrously excessive penalties for refusal to provide answers, not that I ever trotted those out in an effort to induce people to participate. There is a TREMENDOUS amount of stress and fear out there, a lot of hostility. It was a tough gig.

justducky

May 28th, 2010
2:47 pm

I forgot to mention “thanks for making my job just a little bit harder” …. as if there aren’t enough weird rumors floating around out there! And to all the people who make a fuss about giving their dates of birth….imagine this….I found it on the internet, anyway….along with the birthdates of your children. So if you’re so all fired concerned about your privacy…maybe you should check yourself out and see what is floating around about you and is easily accessible to anyone who takes the time to look for it. Just saying…..

Jackson * 7

May 28th, 2010
2:48 pm

WRONG – Census workers can enter your apartment in your absence

RIGHT – Census workers can enter your apartment BUILDING in your absence

A manager should give access to an apartment building OR provide names… one OR the other..

“Whoever, being the owner, proprietor, manager, superintendent, or agent of any hotel, apartment house, boarding or lodging house, tenement, or other building, refuses or willfully neglects, when requested by the Secretary or by any other officer or employee of the Department of Commerce or bureau or agency thereof, acting under the instructions of the Secretary, to furnish the names of the occupants of such premises, or to give free ingress thereto and egress therefrom to any duly accredited representative of such Department or bureau or agency thereof, so as to permit the collection of statistics with respect to any census provided for in subchapters I and II of chapter 5 of this title, or any survey authorized by subchapter IV or V of such chapter insofar as such survey relates to any of the subjects for which censuses are provided by such subchapters I and II, including, when relevant to the census or survey being taken or made, the proper and correct enumeration of all persons having their usual place of abode in such premises, shall be fined not more than $500.”

http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode13/usc_sec_13_00000223—-000-.html

B

May 28th, 2010
2:49 pm

Disgusting! And remember, Obama wanted to have the census results brought directly to him before he was told he couldn’t have that – out of his territory. Where is our Congress? Are they creating such laws? If so, why?

Gretel

May 28th, 2010
2:52 pm

Folks, they could care less how many of us…they just want to know what race…more minorities equals more Obama votes and more congressional seats in a given area….presumably of Obama’s party.
The census this year is to add more Democrat congressional seats and to justify ammensty for the illegal immigrants if they can justify the sheer numbers. After all “we can not possibly deport 14 million people”.
But to all you minorities…if you think that this will result in more “things or benefits”…remember, the more people at the table; the less food for all.
Charity begins at home!

Bryan

May 28th, 2010
2:53 pm

A census worker actually opened my door and came in uninvited to deliver my ‘Notice of Visitation’. And I OWN my home, I do not rent. How would my wife or daughter feel if they saw this strange man entering our home. It was the 2nd time he came back (I didn’t answer either time as he was a stranger) and what if I had a gun ready? I called the police and filed a complaint and also made a complaint to the local Census HQ. Everybody agreed it isn’t right to do that but nothing was done.

shipley130

May 28th, 2010
2:54 pm

The federal government has gotten too involved in our lives. They are spreading the money from hard working Americans around in ways we don’t want. Isn’t that enough to get you all off the couch and demand they stop?

Kevin Gregg

May 28th, 2010
2:55 pm

Scroll up and read the post by one supposed “Darryl Owens”. This character poses a danger to the republic, for he dares to attempt the usurpation of America’s number one beloved clown, Bozo. We will not have it!

Stephen

May 28th, 2010
2:56 pm

As a current Census worker, with two month’s work so far this spring and after a week of full training & with two Census manuals to consult, I can say Barr’s conspiratorial statements are blatantly false! I was trained not only to virtually NEVER enter any residence without invitation, but to avoid even opening the outer screen door whenever door-knocking neighborhoods for resdients’ basic census information. We ARE authorized to make three visit attempts at personal contact, leaving a “Notice of Visit” at the door, including our own and the regional Census office phone numbers to “schedule” an interview otherwise. We also can contact addressees by phone to record basic residency information, which is no different than usual. We also accept basic name and phone number information from neighbors and are trained to properly seek this out if necessary. There is nothing unusual or conspiratorial about this very normal and routine census data collection this year. Barr is simply WRONG in his statements and should check his facts before making MY job that much harder with his hyper-politicized fear-mongering…

Steve formerly from Swanee

May 28th, 2010
2:58 pm

I am a Census Enumerator; we face much resistance from folks not wanting to be included in the Census. We DO NOT enter apartments/houses even if invited; it’s policy, not a law. We don’t want to track-in mud and so forth. The Constitution says “count the people,” it doesn’t say anything about counting “citizens,” since some to be counted were not considered “citizens” when the Constitution was drafted. We try to get demographics, so that trends can be measured, elementary schools built, roads built, and so forth. You know how they say that Alabama’s motto is: “At least we’re not Mississippi;” well, I think Sarah Palin ought to adopt a similar motto as well: When people call her a nut-job, she can say, “At least I’m not Bob Barr!” Get a grip! If you have a Social Security Number, the Gov’t knows who you are and when you were born. If you’ve got a bank account; a driver’s license. The Census data is important on many, many levels, and it’s been done nearly 24 times — and it did not elected the current Administration.

B

May 28th, 2010
3:03 pm

I asked when they came to the door if I declined what would happen. They said I could, so I did. I wasn’t fined, arrested or anything.

Susan Rego

May 28th, 2010
3:05 pm

I am working for the census bureau and we were never given that information in any training that was given. Although the bureau may have that kind of power, we were never told that was part of the job.
This is the kind of article that makes my job harder. There are 10 very basic questions asked and none of them of a personal nature that you couldn’t get from a facebook page. Name, birthday and phone number and if you rent or own your abode. NOT scary and your state may get more representation in the government and more money for schools. There is no real consequence if you don’t cooperate and it makes our job harder. If everyone just mailed the questionaire back to begin with it would be a whole lot cheaper for all. The government has been collecting information for the census bureau since 1790 and I actually found information about my grandfather on ancestory.com that was collected by the census bureau.

Dan Ray

May 28th, 2010
3:06 pm

http://factcheck.org/2010/05/more-census-nonsense/
…”But Census says that’s simply not true, and we find no evidence to support Barr’s claim. He failed to do his homework.”
“… Barr also refers to “the increasingly intrusive questions” Census workers are asking, but that makes us wonder if he has even read the questionnaire. It has 10 questions per resident, and Census says this is one of the shortest in its history.”

Darryl Owens USMC ret

May 28th, 2010
3:11 pm

I am a former district supervisor of the Census Bureau out of the Birmingham office, first hired during the first Bush administration. All of these folks posting and claiming knowledge of Census training, manuals or internal regs are blowing smoke up your you know what. It is well-known common knowledge that under this administration, Census employees are being encouraged to enter all domiciles – anything found, including so-called un-American literature like National Review, Ann Coulter books, the Bible, etc., is to be reported to Federal LEOs

Here’s a quick summary of the current status, and clearing up a lot of the misconceptions here from the Democrat party operatives and union reps posting:

WRONG – Census workers cannot enter your apartment in your absence

RIGHT – Census workers can enter your apartment in your absence, and search your belongings to ascertain the number of legal and illegal residents as of April 1.

A manager shall give access to an apartment building AND provide keys to individual units to adhere to the binding statute (quoted many times earlier).

Per administrative law, the census worker is allowed to obtain refreshment from the legally entered domicile, including water, soft drinks, chips/tortillas and sandwiches. At this time, the OMB is forbidding census workers to use private domicile appliances; however, they are entitled, as are all federal employees, to use your toilet and/or bathing facilities.

Steve Reeves

May 28th, 2010
3:12 pm

Darryl Owens, USMC ret.
” am a district supervisor of the Census Bureau out of the Birmingham office.” No you’re not. You’re a liar.

To all who have stated that they will harm a census worker who shows up at their door:

My sister is working on the 2010 Census. If I hear that she has been harmed in any way, I will use my “freedom of Google” and I will find you. I will make your misery my mission in life, and it won’t matter how long it takes. You will never stop looking over your shoulder. I will never stop and you will never rest easy. Tread carefully when you make threats.

seanmom

May 28th, 2010
3:13 pm

Everything about this census was designed under the BUSH administration. Obama has nothing to do with it. All census training (and testing) is the same throughout the entire nation. The testers and trainers are required to read the instructions VERBATIM the same way everywhere. And the census workers that have replied on this thread have jobs because they UNDERSTOOD the rules. There is no conspiracy to give Obama access to any information. Obama will get a statistical report on his desk on December 31, which–if you idiots continue with these noncooperating schemes–will under-report areas with actual large conservative populations, thereby depriving REAL conservatives of their deserved Congressional representation. Great plan.

The census to worry about is 2020–which, if the conservatives don’t get their act together and elect Palin or Thompson or Romney or SOMEBODY IN 2016–WILL be designed by Cass Sunstein and Rahm Emanuel (don’t you think the impression that Commerce got it wrong might trigger another attempt to bring Census under White House control?) and SEIU and ACORN. By then, there won’t be any census jobs because you will ALREADY be tracked by your embedded ID card with the fingerprints in it. The government will, by then, be able to take a census every day, having ALL YOUR INFORMATION anyway because you stupid conservatives thought Mr. Hopey Change might not be as bad as the RINO McCain. So what did you get? A SIGNED LAW to take your money and provide health care for everybody–AND force you to take it whether you want it or not–that LINKS the IRS to your insurance information. Read the bill. Then stop reading this idiocy and get your act together to find a better president next time. Because that’s who WILL write the census regs next time.

Darryl Owens USMC ret

May 28th, 2010
3:17 pm

Steve Reeves, I advise you NOT to make threats against any US citizens posting here. As a distinguished former Census Bureau supervisor, I can vouch that there is extensive data on each and every American and undocumented alien in the country.

Please refrain from calling me, or any other federal employee a liar. That is a felony under US Code.

Steve formerly from Swanee

May 28th, 2010
3:17 pm

To Daryl Owens post-er: I doubt you are USMC (Ret) and you most certainly are not a Census manager; no Census supervisor would post that complete nonsense you posted, because it might get someone killed. As a matter of fact, I am U.S.N. (Ret) and a Life Member of the Republican Party; I proudly served in Operation Desert Storm under President George Bush (the elder), and campaigned and voted for George W. Bush (the younger). I am an American Legion member, an EMT, and an Election Officer in my county. And the information you are putting-out is blatantly false. You’ll get someone killed. MY Constitution calls for a count of the people, long before this inane and inept Administration was elected by the people in an election that wasn’t even close. So, you can be against the Administration — and I’m very much against it, and I believe it will face impeachment with this Joe Sestak thing bubbling around, and good riddence — but the Census is necessary and fair for our Rebublic. Good God, man, you’re no Marine. There’s no chance that a real Marine would write the trash you’ve posted on this Website!

Darryl Owens, USMC ret.

May 28th, 2010
3:17 pm

In my capacity as a forward district supervisor of the Census Bureau out of the Birmingham office, I am privy to the inside information. I want to thank you, Mr. Barr, for pointing out the truth, and it is even worse than you think, sir.
For just today an interoffice memo, CJ-30099bb, to be precise, that instructs us to enter at every opportunity empty homes and apartments, and to turn on the Tvs and radios. If Fox News or Rush Limbaugh come on, the census taker is to report that person as 3/5 of a human.

Shelly Lowe, U.S. Census Bureau

May 28th, 2010
3:17 pm

FactCheck.org has researched this issue. Please see:
http://www.factcheck.org/2010/05/more-census-nonsense/

Madeleine

May 28th, 2010
3:19 pm

I’ve never heard of an “American community survey” before, it has to be fairly new, a Fema thing or something like that. I think thats giving the Government a little bit too much access, unless they suspect you of wrong doing, such as spying. It sounds more like Nazi Germany. I was told if you fill out the forms they dont’ ome to your house, I’m assuming thats correct, if they want to know abut bank accounts or how much food I keep then I will have to go to jail, won’t they look cute taking granny to jail for hiding food. This Government has no shame.Meanwhile the borders are wide open and Lord knows who is coming in here, they ought to take a census at the border not at my house. Are they ever going to do something that benefits us instead of the Government and their quest for knowledsge about us? Another waste of tax dollars.

RichMaj

May 28th, 2010
3:23 pm

I certainly hope that all of you reading about this, will “reward” them at the polls over the next few years. From local to the top.
No government has the right to take away our freedoms.
And if we do not take them back, shame on us!

steve

May 28th, 2010
3:25 pm

This is absolutely not true. I’ve worked with the Census Bureau on the 2010 census. Enumerators cannot enter a home in the occupant’s absence; in fact during training at the local census office in Wilmington, NC, we were instructed NOT to enter a residence even if we’re invited in, but to conduct the enumeration at the door (unless there’s extenuating circumstances like inclement weather, etc.) If a census worker does otherwise (and I’m sure some do) then they are not acting in accordance with policy.
Remember, census workers are made up largely of people who were unemployed to begin with and who are working on a temporary basis. It doesn’t take a degree in quantum physics to be a census worker; many hundreds of thousands were hired in a hurry, so there’s bound to be quite a few who may stray from the guidelines, so if a census worker says or does something outrageous, it’s not necessarily a result of training or policy.
This artical fails to back-up this claim with any supporting facts, neither does it cite any sources, no documentation – nothing!

Wellwhadayano?

May 28th, 2010
3:27 pm

They need to know how many there are of us?
Then what’s Social Security records for?
Or maybe..it’s about ‘what’ you are ..you know..white..black..legal..illegal.
It’s just too bad that LEGAL Americans can’t gain access to Hawaii’s Birth Records to see just who’s asking these questions.
Same ole’ story..follow the law or else.
But for the deceitful ruling class..there is no law.

conservative molly

May 28th, 2010
3:29 pm

Hey idiot who wrote this….. whatever happened to having to cite sources? the census bureau is getting enough flack, most of the people who are enumerators ( the door to door People) are retired and or out of work….. all this article is doing is making people fear something that has probably only happened once… You should be ashamed of yourself,

No mans' land

May 28th, 2010
3:29 pm

Be a man Greg, grow some balls and DO something about your country right where you live now instead of bemoaning the fact that your lack of initiative limits your cowardly means to run away.
FIGHT back, lady, fight!

WhoMe?

May 28th, 2010
3:32 pm

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

– Thomas Jefferson

SJ

May 28th, 2010
3:32 pm

The story is NOT TRUE.

A person who knows how to research

May 28th, 2010
3:32 pm

The one

May 28th, 2010
3:35 pm

This is not true. They can get into an apartment building, not your apartment. I’m a census worker. The census is required by law. Oh no, I have to answer 10 anonymous questions every ten years! Oh no! Nazi Germany! Keep up the fear, that way republican districts will not get representation in Congress. Michelle Bachman will lose her seat. That’s what I want. In Turkey, you have to be home on census day, the gov’t can break into your apt. and put you in jail. Maybe you should move there. To hard for you here? The easiest country in the world to succeed? You can’t make it? That’s your problem. Stop trying to destroy the country, you might succeed. How can people be so stupid? There is nothing wrong with the census. Death, taxes, census. Pretty good deal. You don’t have to be in the military. You don’t like the country? Big surprise, conservatives don’t like anything. Can’t see a movie about flying cat people in 3-d without crying over something. Sucks to be you. We will be waiting for you when you grow up and decide to enjoy life. Clinton would have found Osama if you didn’t focus so much energy on his junk. Shows what you are interested in.

Jason pawlik

May 28th, 2010
3:36 pm

I was so offended when I had to give my age and let the government know that I live with my wife. How could they be so intrusive? These questions where so offensive that I have not been able to sleep for weeks. Until now I though my wife and I were the only ones who knew we lived together. My life is ruined and it’s all the census’s fault.

Dean

May 28th, 2010
3:37 pm

The LAW does not require you to give ANY info at all, except the number of people living at that address. Everything else is purely voluntary…..Are all of you that dumb or just gullible.
“Semper-Fi”

Sam

May 28th, 2010
3:38 pm

What’s to keep some homeowner from shooting and killing them as prowlers and then, after, destroying their government I.D.’s, call the Law and inform them you shot and killed someone inside your home?

fantum

May 28th, 2010
3:38 pm

They will only do it once!

Steve Reeves

May 28th, 2010
3:41 pm

Darryl Owens at 3:17, “Please refrain from calling me, or any other federal employee a liar. That is a felony under US Code.”

What code might that be?

First you said you ARE a district supervisor, then you said you are a “distinguished FORMER supervisor” And if you’re a FORMER Census employee, how are you privvy to an internal memo that you received “just today”? FORMER employees don’t get internal office memos. For Pete’s sake, don’t be so sloppy if you’re going to make stuff up.

OrochiTabris

May 28th, 2010
3:42 pm

So, now that this bit of fear-mongering has been debunked… How many people are going to read this and still accept it as fact? I didn’t have to research this to verify it was nonsense, I’ve seen enough of this stuff that it’s become easy to spot at first glance. But I did, and it is, and I wasn’t surprised. However, I was impressed that the bit about the fine was at least based in reality, even if Bob did butcher the context.
Why not go all the way? Why stop at saying census takers will enter our apartments in our absence? I hear they’ll enter our apartments and abort our veteran grandparents by using a time machine powered by stem cells and designed by gay, atheist couples! It’s only slightly crazier. Slightly.
Also, “increasingly intrusive” questions? Really? …Really?
Are we talking about the same thing?
Alsoalso, loving all the internet tough guys, talking about what will happen if census takers try to enter their home. Your eagerness to assault and slaughter imaginary intruders is… enlightening.

Sue

May 28th, 2010
3:49 pm

So that registered sex offender that the census missed and a citizen recognized and turned in can come into my home, take personal information and scope out my child’s room??? That was a news story a couple of days ago. I’m sure there are fine upstanding people temporarily employed to do the census work but there are also those not so “upstanding” people as well.

Llew

May 28th, 2010
3:51 pm

What I think most of you are missing is the bigger point. Bob has not made any false statements about anything. He is simply trying to wake up the American Sheeple that refuse to believe there are actually sinister people in this world. Super-Villains do not exist exclusively in Comic Books. They are real, and even more scary than in comic books because there are no superheroes out there to save us from them. We are the superheroes. This is what Bob and others like myself want from the rest of the moronic, ignorant, and brainwashed masses to understand. The villain we face today has a very clearly defined name and that name is the FED. Our government has become the tyrant that our forefathers warned us of, and this latest census (and all the propaganda that has come with it) is a furthering extension of the tyranny of our Federal Government. If we don’t begin to wake up, take notice, and take action against this tyranny it will continue to flourish and grow and will eventually become unstoppable.
Now to some facts. There are several posts on here from presumably census workers talking about how upstanding it is and how upstanding the whole process is. Well here is my experience. Yes all the basic questions were asked of me, but then my census taker began asking things that speak to exactly what I am talking about. These were the questions I WAS ASKED, and that I REFUSED TO ANSWER:
1. What time do you or your spouse leave for work? Return home from work?
2. How much income do you and your spouse earn annually?

At the point these questions were asked I refused and turned out the taker. He was very polite about me not wanting to answer, but I must comment on his overall presentation; jeans with ripped hole in one knee, several teeth missing from his mouth, and he was unshaven. Is this really the image that our census bureau wants to portray? Right now with rampant unemployment, anyone, literally, ANYONE can is trying to become a census taker. While this in itself is scary enough, it is even scarier to believe that our Federal Government has entrusted individuals like this with collecting some of the most important data our government collects.

fielddog

May 28th, 2010
3:54 pm

E Masters nailed it. The code does not allow forceable entry. Census employees are recommended to not enter, but to do the census from outside. That article is alarmist and not true.

Fr. Seamus O'Toole

May 28th, 2010
3:56 pm

There is no reason to cite any sources, the relevant code is clear enough: Landlords are to permit entrance and exit to all apartment units. The government will determine, as they always do, on a case-by-case basis what that entails.

Could it mean some jack-booted government and/or union thug kicking in your door to “take a look around” to ascertain your presence? In a better, more Christian America, the answer would obviously be no. Unfortunately, the American people became sheeple and elected a British citizen, Muslim indocrinated, sock puppet who hate individual rights as “dear leader” or president.

Now, it is very clear that we are rapidly returning to the days of Clinton with jack-booted federal cops holding guns to Elian Gonzalez, or killing all those defenseless children in Waco.

All those defending the Census Bureau tactics here are most definitely SEIU, CAIR or ACLU type provocateurs seeking to implement Obama’s form of authoritarianism. No legitimate Christian nor American should ever tolerate the abuses propogated by Obama’s one world order.

John Galt

May 28th, 2010
4:04 pm

If they walk into my house uninvited they will be shot! Federal Law be damned!

census worker

May 28th, 2010
4:07 pm

Hi! I work for the census. I’m one of those lowly peons who goes door to door to gather the information. I understand some of it seems invasive, but I also believe its necessary for a multitude of reasons. What I really wanted to say, though, is that we absolutely are NOT allowed to demand entrance to households. In fact, they recommended to us that we not enter anyone’s private residence even if they ask us in, unless there was a health issue that made it difficult for the person being interviewed to stand for the questioning. So…I hope that helps. Please answer our questions, they pay us by the hour and we keep coming back until we get all the questions answered. It doesn’t become a waste of tax payer money until you refuse to answer :) .

T Irish

May 28th, 2010
4:08 pm

I hope this is not true. If it is true God help the Census worker that walks, uninvited, into my home.
45 ACP JHP.

Will

May 28th, 2010
4:14 pm

It’s funny to see some of the same people here try to portray Barr as paranoid, or worse, while at the same time they are the ones running around crying about the immigration law in AZ. In the AZ case you people use words like AMBIGUOUS and POTENTIAL FOR ABUSE, yet here in this case you see nothing of the sort. Hmmmmm.
Let me just make sure I got my facts straight.

AZ IMMIGRATION LAW= NO GOOD. Law wording is puposely ambiguous and has the potential for police to abuse their powers.

CENSUS CODE= Totally above board with crystal clear wording. Wording written sooooo carefully that there is NO WAY it can be misconstrued, misused or abused.

CENSUS WORKERS= More trustworthy and honest that police officers in AZ.

Yeah, I think I’ve got it now!!!

Jason Stone

May 28th, 2010
4:23 pm

Hey Guys I am a Census Worker and we are prohibited from entering people’s homes or we will get fired. You should really check your facts. There might be a legal “authorization” but the reality is that is not extended to the enumerator at this time. We have to stay out side- regardless of being invited in or even for bad weather. All we can do is report the refusal to our Crew Leader who will then pass it up to their boss of the region or area. About the questions… Have you read the form? There is more information on Facebook than what the Census ask for. Yes, Really. If you have a MySpace/Facebook/Photobucket etc… More of your information can freely gotten from sites such as those than what the Census Form is asking for. Plus- You talk about this being a free country and trust me I got the sarcasm in your comment. Do you realize this is a direct connection to our founding fathers. They thought it was a great idea and check this out: Gorge Washington thought it up. Next- The questions we have on this years Census is about the same questions as the first one. Really, look it up. So before you go crying about this “not being a free country” try not answering a census question in most other nations. Jail would be your new home. Here we get refusals all the time and we Thank the person and walk away. Please get your facts straight before you disrespect the very system that is helping to ensure your freedom. Did you know that freedom of the press is protected by the same Constitution that ask for you to participate in the Census? Check it out. That’s True too. Please don’t cause more and more anxiety for people by picking on a constitutional duty and the workers by villainizing it and those of us working within the Constitution.

Fred

May 28th, 2010
4:27 pm

Wow, if this guy is a journalist, my dog is smarter than Einstein. Can you not read and think, Mr.Barr.

Jim

May 28th, 2010
4:31 pm

These claims are totally unfounded. I work for the census currently, and we are told specifically NOT to enter homes unless invited in.

If a US person refuses to cooperate or is not present to answer the questions by someone from the census who comes knocking, the agent can ask a neighbor what they know and go from there.

Don’t believe everything you read, I feel the credibility of this publication is worthless now that they’ve released this unfounded garbage.

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Spongegirl Circleskirt

May 28th, 2010
4:33 pm

I can’t believe so many of you idiots fell for this story. Go get a loan so you can buy yourself a clue. Morons.