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Disclaimer: US Census Bureau will not classify Portuguese as Hispanic – Update

According to Michael C. Cook, responsible for the US Census Bureau public affairs and media relations, the US Census Bureau does not intend “to classify people of Portuguese origin as Hispanic,” in 2020.

In a statement reacting to an article published by the Washington Examiner, Cook remarked, “We have received calls about this topic over the past week or so and this rumor is NOT true.”

Cook added, “Again, there are no plans to count Portuguese Americans as Hispanic in 2020. The Census Bureau follows the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) definition of Hispanic origin: A person of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.”

“For more information on the OMB standards for the classification of federal data on Race and Ethnicity, please visit: www.whitehouse.gov/omb/fedreg/1997standards.html,” the statement recommended.

The OMB memo, notes that “respondent self-identification should be facilitated to the greatest extent possible, recognizing that in some data collection systems observer identification is more practical.”

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