Mass. Immigrants Divided Over Census Boycott

Sep 82009

By Bianca Vázquez Toness

SOMERVILLE, Mass. — Jose Venancio stands in a parking lot, waiting for someone to offer him work. He’s surrounded by about 20 other Brazilian men, all in paint-splattered work clothes. Venancio is here illegally and has been for the last 17 years. That hasn’t stopped him from filling out U.S. census forms when they arrive in the mail.