Local Spanish-radio hosts are spreading the message: Take part in the 2010 U.S. Census.
According to numbers from 2008, there are about 5,400 people from the Hispanic community in Shreveport. Some say there are actually more, but many don't participate. A number fear their citizenship would be in jeopardy.
"They not gonna ask you questions about your status, how long you've been in the states," says Emmanuel Faz of 92.1FM.
Vita Riner addresses the census in her publication called, "Vivia Latina Magazine."
"They think [that if] you tell exactly who you are, how many people live in your house, they're afraid the police or immigration is going to come [deport] them," says Riner.
Census workers are sworn for life to protect your identity. Those who violate the law can face severe penalties including up to five years in a federal prision and/or a fine of up to $250,000