Why doesn't the US Census consider Hispanic a race?

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Since the 1970 Census the US Census has tracked Hispanic population under a separate question titled "Hispanic origin", saying "Hispanics may be of any race".

This doesn't make much sense to me given that polls say that the majority say it is also a "race", and this is reflected in many people declaring themselves "other race". I understand why the census says that Hispanic isn't a race -- Hispanic people have different appearances and genetic origin but usually claim some common language and culture.

If they consider "Asian" a race which has a similar but even broader geographic meaning to it, then why not?

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