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Census is hoping immigration raids will be suspended for 2010 count

WASHINGTON (AP) - If illegal immigrants are afraid they're going to be arrested and deported -- they might not come out to be counted.

So, the Census Bureau wants immigration agents to suspend enforcement raids during the census that's coming up in three years -- so that census-takers can get a better count of just how many illegal immigrants there are.

The bureau's second-ranking official, Jay Waite, says agents didn't conduct raids for several months before and after the census seven years ago. But today, the political climate on the issue of immigration is even more volatile. And Waite concedes that the agents "may not be able to give us as much of a break" this time.

A spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement isn't saying whether the raids might stop for the census. She says it's something that would have to be discussed "at the highest levels of both agencies."

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