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Latinos NEED to Count All Their Children for the 2020 Census

Latinos are a huge chunk of the overall population in the US, a little over 51 million, but that number failed to include a very important group of our population – children. Many Latino children were undercounted in the 2010 Census, which lead to the loss of money for special programs that help our communities.

Texas, California, New York, Arizona, and Florida are states that account for 70 percent of the undercount of 400,000 children ages 0 to 4, according to a report by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund and Child Trends Hispanic Institute.

To repeat, that’s at least 400,000 Latinos!

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A precise count helps the government decide how to funnel the more than $400 billion of federal money to community programs, such as Head Start and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). This money is also used for bus routes set up by school districts around the country. And, most importantly, districts are based on population, so the more people there are in a certain district, the more representation those districts have in Washington.

So how the heck were these children not accounted for?

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The reason for the undercount is not exactly known, but some of the reasons, according to the report, are that some families don’t think their children should be counted because they’re too young. Some families are extremely mobile and don’t live in a place long enough to be accounted for. Others are multigenerational families and only count the adults rather than everyone in the family.

“The persistent undercount of the nation’s second largest population group is a civil rights issue,” said Arturo Vargas, executive director of NALEO.

“Unless we bring Latino youth out of the shadows and into the light in Census 2020, the Latino community will continue to have disproportionate access to fair political representation and public services. We must make the investments necessary today to ensure a full and accurate count of Latino children tomorrow,” he said.

So in 2020, when someone knocks on your door asking how many people live in your house, don’t be afraid and give the exact number, that just means we get more monay, monay!

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Read more about the undercount of our children here

READ: Kiss California Goodbye, Latinos Have Taken Over

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Young Boy In Los Angeles Turns Entrepreneur To Help Mother During Ongoing Pandemic

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Young Boy In Los Angeles Turns Entrepreneur To Help Mother During Ongoing Pandemic

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Covid-19 has forced families to figure out the best way to make enough to take care of things. Some have had to find new jobs after being laid off and having to make up enough to save their families. A young boy in Los Angeles is doing that to help his mom makes ends meet.

Meet Aaron and his garden.

The young boy and his mother were on their last $12 when he had an idea of creating a business. According to a GoFundMe account, the young boy convinced his undocumented mother to start a business selling plants to help them make it through the pandemic.

Aaron’s Garden was the business he and his mom created to make some money.

“Aaron and mom have been struggling from being homeless to shelters and bouncing from house to house and now live in a shed,” reads a GoFundMe account. “He came out with the idea of selling plants and starting a business in his yard to be a provider and buy his own hot Cheetos with cheese without having to ask his mom for money.”

Aaron advertises his plants and when you can buy them on his Instagram.

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The LA entrepreneur is creating a lot of buzz with people celebrating his efforts. People in the U.S. are struggling as the additional $600 in unemployment has disappeared and a second Covid-19 stimulus is stuck in Congress. Aaron’s plant selling is helping his family during one of the most difficult times in modern U.S. history.

Way to go, Aaron.

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We are all so proud to see you doing your best to make it through this time. Check his Instagram to see what he has and when and where he is selling the plants. Keep going, mijo!

READ: These Female Entrepreneurs Want You To Wear A Wig That Is Snatched

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Here’s How One Child Spent His Birthday Asking People To Help Him Raise Money To Close The Camps

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Here’s How One Child Spent His Birthday Asking People To Help Him Raise Money To Close The Camps

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Children are facing inhumane and deadly conditions in detention camps on the southern border being compared to concentration camps. The crisis is becoming a part of daily conversations and a sad legacy of the Trump administration. That’s why people are trying to fight back by giving money to organizations fighting the atrocious conditions created by the administration’s deadly policies.

A 4-year-old child celebrated his birthday by raising money for an organization fighting against Trump’s immigration policies.

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“We have joined this birthday with an organization that helps the children detained at the border,” reads the invitation. “If you want to get me a gift, then unite with me and give money as my gift.”

The birthday is everything you would expect from a 4-year-old birthday, complete with a mordida.

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The only real departure from a typical child’s birthday party was the humanitarian call to action. The birthday boy put his money where his mouth is by wearing a mitú Close The Camps t-shirt. The shirts, made in partnership with RAICES, is raising money for the immigration service organization with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting RAICES.

His mother made it a point to share exactly what they were doing for everyone checking out her Instagram story.

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“We decided to host a party with a purpose for Ian. With his consent,” she wrote on Instagram. “No games, no clothes, no gifts, but let’s give financial donations to the organization RAICES that helps children who are separated from their parents are the border and puts them in cages.”

Honestly, no one could rock this t-shirt better than Ian.

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Children younger than the birthday boy are spending untold amounts of time in horrendous conditions in camps along the southern border. Some children have died because of the conditions, like being denied medication, toothbrushes, and beds.

Happy birthday, little dude.

Your parents are clearly very proud of you and the stand you are taking to help children just like you.

Buy your own mitú + RAICES #CloseTheCamps shirt now from the mitú shop.

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READ: This Special Shirt Is Helping RAICES And Kids Who Are Locked Up In Migrant Detention Centers

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