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Houston’s $6 Billion Census Problem: Frightened Immigrants

  • Fears of deportation could leave thousands of people uncounted
  • City is partnering with Hispanic Chamber on outreach project
The Houston skyline.

The Houston skyline.

Photographer: Joe Raedle/Getty Images North America

At Houston’s City Hall last week, Mayor Sylvester Turner gathered with company CEOs, university professors, police officers, politicians and local judges to discuss a $6 billion problem they all have in common: the 2020 census.

City officials and business leaders are worried about people like 21-year-old Ana Espinoza, a U.S. citizen by birth who lives with undocumented relatives. Espinoza has no intention of answering the census because she worries it could expose her family and get them deported.