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American Community Survey gets numbers wrong on US Somali population

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 20, 2010

This is a story from the Mail (UK) last week about how segregation is declining between blacks and whites in America (true).  But, the article is written like this one about Rednecks the Mail published a few days ago that clearly ‘looks down its nose’ at Americans.

It begins:

Racial integration between black and white people in the U.S. is at its highest level for a century, new figures reveal.

Segregation among blacks and whites fell in roughly three-quarters of the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas as the two racial groups spread more evenly between inner cities and suburbs.

Still, ethnic segregation in many parts of the U.S. persisted, particularly for Hispanics.

The research found that a new generation of upwardly mobile black families is moving to America’s fastest-growing cities, with a decline over the past decade in black-white segregation.

[....]

The data is among the Census Bureau’s most detailed yet for neighbourhoods and comes ahead of results from the official 2010 census which is released next spring.

The American Community Survey is sent to about one in 10 households each year. It includes questions on ancestry, national origin and many other traits that are no longer asked about in the census done every 10 years.

Only 85,700 Somalis in America is completely wrong

The Mail has published a sidebar about Somalis in America which demonstrates how profoundly wrong the methodology of the American Community Survey is.  Either they are deliberately not releasing the true numbers, they didn’t get their surveys distributed in Somali communities or people lied on the surveys.  Here is a portion of the sidebar:

Nearly one in three people with Somali ancestry in the U.S. now live in Minnesota, which has the largest concentration in the country, the study revealed.

[....]

The data released this week found about 25,000 of the 85,700 Somalis in the U.S. live in Minnesota. Ohio, Washington and California also had large populations of Somalis, but the survey data found no more than 10,500 of them in any state except Minnesota where the Somali population is growing.

[....]

In many communities the population has grown and prospered, with Somali-owned shops and mosques proliferating. Somali translators work in the schools, the children of refugees go on to college and community leaders become public figures.

But there have been worrying signs about the second generation, with reports out of Minnesota of Somali gangs running interstate prostitution rings and investigations of young men going to fight with al-Shabab, which seeks to establish an Islamic state in Somalia.

Ahmed Sahid, president of Somali Family Services of San Diego, said the local population there was swelling with a ‘second migration’ driven by Somalis leaving cold parts of the U.S.

The government estimates there are 5,000 Somalis in the San Diego area, but Sahid said estimates are often wrong, and he thought there were 15,000 to 20,000.

Sahid is correct and the American Community Survey is wrong.

In 2008, I laboriously poured over records at the Office of Refugee Resettlement and recorded these numbers of Somalis admitted to the US since 1983 (I subsequently updated this post for 2009 and 2010).  We admitted, through the refugee program alone, 93,687 in those 27 years—that is only through the refugee program not other legal immigration programs such as the diversity visa lottery, or non-refugee family reunification.  It doesn’t include those who got here illegally and are seeking asylum and it doesn’t include those coming across both our southern and northern borders and disappearing into Somali communities which, by the way, are seeking to segregate themselves.

Does the American Community Survey expect us to believe that since over 93,000 Somalis were admitted in nearly three decades that many left and that none had families, leaving us with 85,700 today?

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13 Responses to “American Community Survey gets numbers wrong on US Somali population”

  1. Mohamed said

    Since you deny me to live peacefully in my home country then you have to take me in your house, so it’s place to me as quite devout Muslim and you vandtro

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  4. We will see !
    Who would thought gays would serve openly in the military! I never thought of that but It just happened and president Obama signed it into law.
    It is gonna happen! It is just matter of time,

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  6. Lovecats! You sound like presidential candidate !
    Will you run for president ?
    I bet you will utterly fail in the preliminary.
    Secondly! You said: American stopped the dream act! No we didn’t . It is still on the table.
    And you also said: we can stop legal immigration! Hahaha that’s the most laughable comment I have ever heard. Stop dreaming! Wake up dude! America’s survival depends on the immigrants coming from all over the world.

    • acorcoran said

      Allahsoldier, the Dream Act is dead for the foreseeable future. When a new Congress comes in in January all bills must be re-submitted to be considered again. In light of the make-up of the new Congress, thanks largely to Tea Party activists, if submitted in its present form, it will likely go nowhere.

  7. LovesCats said

    The census bureau has been subverted by communists working to destroy America. Census numbers can’t be trusted just like the State Dept. refugee numbers. The gvmnt knows the real numbers but are lying.

    Americans stopped the Dream Act amnesty for illegals and we can stop legal immigration also. More Americans need to be made aware of the extent of the problem, the real numbers and real costs to taxpayers and the endless crimes, fraud and abuse of the welfare system

    The Dream Act would have given amnesty to millions of illegals not just 60 thousand Mexican poster kids but the liars were lying about that too. Because the Dream act amnesty was stopped Obama will try to bring in more immigrants “legally” through all of the loopholes in the State Dept. programs. That’s why the government puts out low numbers. To hide the reality we are being invaded by 3rd world hordes who have no intention of assimilating or supporting themselves.

    The important thing is to make people aware. Talk to everyone you know. Email links to this site. Sign up at anti-immigration sites to learn more about what you can do. Call and emai your congressional reps and state and local officials. Demand an immigration moratorium, sealed borders, deportation of all criminal and illegal aliens, and the elimination of all entitlements for immigrants.

    Tell everyone you know. Email them a link to this site. This site is a real “wake up” site for Americans who are being lied to.

  8. I want reply nellia, nely when u are syng our militry is in iraq, what they want there?, why do they go there?. Who belongs in iraq, americns or iraqs. Whn u were kill in sadam, why u dnt thnk his suporters thy r living in the world. If ur governmnt want to destroy people or country, u must knw that ur country and ur people will disapear, i am somali persn living in europe i like america, bt how could i cme there. Before 2nght i was thought tht 1day i will be relaxng, an thnk tht i am in my country. An that country was america. Bt knw i m hurtd an i dnt want cme there ever. Thnks jaw do wht u cn u cn destry the somal’s who stay with u.

  9. mjazz said

    Nur is the spokesman for Somali population planning?
    The woman in Australia who falsely claimed police misconduct had seven kids.

  10. in Columbus alone there are 40,000 Somalis !
    I think they don’t want to release the real number.

  11. Nur said

    Ann you are very right,our number is more than that,we are wondering where that figure comes from?Our target is to hit 300,000 by 2020.

  12. Nellie said

    OUR GOVERNMENT DOESN’T HAVE A CLUE OF WHO OR WHERE THESE IMMIGRANTS ARE OR THE ILLEGALS EITHER.
    MOST OF THESE PEOPLE ARE ON WELFARE AND THE FRAUD COULD BALANCE THE STATE OF CA BUDGET.
    WHO WILL SUPPLY THESE PEOPLE WHO TURN INTO CRIMINALS IF THEY ARE NOT ALREADY CRIMINALS. FREE WELFARE, MEDICAL, FOOD STAMPS AND OUR GOVERNMENT KNOWS THAT THERE IS “NO” JOBS. WILL THESE PEOPLE TRY TOO TAKE OVER THE COUNTRY?
    WHILE OUR MILITARY IS IN IRAQ OUR GOVERNMENT IS BRINGING IN PEOPLE THAT THEY HAVE NOT SCREENED TOO SEE IF THEY ARE TERRORS. GOD BLESS OUR COUNTRY.

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