Census officials urge residents to fill out US census

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FAIRFIELD -

Connecticut's lieutenant governor and other officials were in Fairfield Tuesday urging people to fill out the U.S. census, even if it includes President Donald Trump's citizenship question.

The Supreme Court temporarily blocked the citizenship question, but the Trump administration says there's a legal way around it.

"We can do a memorandum, we could do an executive order," Trump said. "We're looking at different things, but there are other alternatives."

Some state leaders say they are worried immigrants will not participate because of that reason. So officials came to assure people that even if the census does ask if a person is a citizen, that information cannot be passed on to immigration officials.

"Title 13, federal law, protects every piece of data that we collect," says Keith Goralski of the U.S. Census Bureau. "It means we cannot release any information that identifies an individual or household, period."

For every person who is not counted, the state loses more than $2,000 each.

The Census Bureau will soon open regional offices in Danbury, New Haven and Hartford. Jobs are temporary but it pays $25 an hour.

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