Census Workers Can Enter Your Apartment in Your Absence

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Thousands of
census workers, including many temporary employees, are fanning
out across America to gather information on the citizenry. This
is a process that takes place not only every decade in order to
complete the constitutionally-mandated census; but also as part
of the continuing “American Community Survey” conducted
by the Census Bureau on a regular basis year in and year out.

What many Americans
don’t realize, is that census workers – from the head
of the Bureau and the Secretary of Commerce (its parent agency)
down to the lowliest and newest Census employee – are empowered
under federal law to actually demand access to any apartment or
any other type of home or room that is rented out, in order to count
persons in the abode and for “the collection of statistics.”
If the landlord of such apartment or other leased premises refuses
to grant the government worker access to your living quarters, whether
you are present or not, the landlord can be fined $500.00.

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29, 2010

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