U.S. Sen. David Vitter, acquiescing to concerns from Shreveport pollster and demographer Elliott Stonecipher, modified language in an amendment he co-sponsored with fellow Republican Sen. Robert Bennett of Utah that would require the Census Bureau to inquire about one’s legal status in the United States on census forms that will be distributed next spring. Instead, the amended amendment seeks to require a question about one’s citizenship — not their legal status — on the census short form. Stonecipher and others worried that a census question of legal residence in the United States would scare off undocumented immigrants.
“Asking census respondents whether or not they are legally in the country will suppress responses, I believe, in an obvious way: rather than risk detection as an illegal immigrant, the person will not respond to the census at all, i.e., the person will remain uncounted. That, in turn, works in opposition to what I believe defines a fair count,” Stonecipher wrote in an open letter Wednesday. Within hours Vitter and Bennett changed the language in the amendment, which may not come up for vote anyway. The Census Bureau says any changes to the census forms would be disastrous; about 425 million have already been printed and are ready for distribution, and the process of readying the forms continues daily.
Stonecipher has made a cause of excluding non-citizens from the enumeration derived from the 2010 census, arguing that states like California and Texas, which have high non-citizen populations, will show artificially inflated populations and will unfairly gain seats in Congress. Conversely, states like Louisiana with relatively low non-citizen populations will lose seats in Congress; Stonecipher predicts that Louisiana will lose one House seat if the Census Bureau counts everyone in the country but does not exclude non-citizens — illegal and otherwise — from the final count. On that point, Vitter and Stonecipher are in agreement. But the Obama administration opposes any changes to the census, and Senate majority leader Harry Reid of Nevada — a state that would potentially benefit from counting everyone, regardless of legal status in the country — could block a vote on the Vitter-Bennett amendment.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again, it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to go public this year.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.