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Immigrant advocates concerned about census information

WASHINGTON (AP) - A report being released today by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund says the government is fumbling some efforts to assure immigrants that census data won't be used against them.

The report says that with the launch of the head count weeks away, the Census Bureau's outreach has been falling short in at least a dozen major cities, including Chicago, Dallas and New York.

The legal group is partly critical of the Obama administration, citing its refusal to give fuller assurances that census data will be kept confidential They also wants the government to suspend large-scale immigration raids during the count -- which was done in the 2000 census.

Latino groups are worried about an undercount, which could then affect the number and makeup of Congressional districts in areas populated heavily by Hispanics.

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