Census's Hispanic Race Change Draws Fire

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Some Latino civil rights groups are questioning the U.S. Census consideration of designating Hispanics a race of their own, fearing the loss of national original designations.

The change, making "Hispanic" a racial instead of an ethnic category, would eliminate the check-off boxes for national origins such as Mexican, Cuban and Puerto Rican.

"There is no unanimity on what any of this stuff means," says Angelo Falcon, director of the National Institute for Latino Policy and co-chair of a coalition of Latino advocacy groups that recently met with Census officials.

"Right now, we're very comfortable with having the Hispanic (origin) question... Hispanic as a race category? I don't think there's any consensus on that."

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