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The census doesn’t count Arab Americans. That leaves some Texans feeling invisible.

The census does not include an option for people to identify as Middle Eastern or North African Americans. That leaves Arab Texans to identify as white or “other” on the all-important national count.

Janet Abou-Elias, vice president of the University of Texas at Austin Arab Student Association, outside the Moody College of Communication building on Oct. 16, 2020. Abou-Elias is disappointed by the under-recognition of Arab Texans in the U.S. Census.

“I want to be the first of many”  

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