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Politics States sue Trump over order to exclude undocumented immigrants from U.S. House seat counts

01:41  25 july  2020
01:41  25 july  2020 Source:   reuters.com

Trump expected to exclude undocumented migrants from U.S. census

  Trump expected to exclude undocumented migrants from U.S. census Trump expected to exclude undocumented migrants from U.S. censusThe source, speaking on condition of anonymity, had no details of the order.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A coalition of 35 U . S . states , cities and counties sued President Donald Trump on Friday over his directive not to count undocumented It could cause a few House seats to shift from Democratic-leaning states with large immigrant populations to Republican-leaning states .

President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed a memorandum that aims to bar undocumented immigrants from being counted in the , Limits affect how many seats states get in U . S . House . Undocumented immigrants have previously been counted to determine representation in the House .

By Jonathan Stempel

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A coalition of 35 U.S. states, cities and counties sued President Donald Trump on Friday over his directive not to count undocumented immigrants when apportioning seats for the House of Representatives, a move that critics have said is designed to help Republicans.

Trump aims to bar undocumented immigrants from counting toward House representation

  Trump aims to bar undocumented immigrants from counting toward House representation President Trump on Tuesday issued an executive order that blocks undocumented immigrants from being counted in the 2020 census for the purpose of allocating congressional representation.The order, which will almost certainly face legal challenges, amounts to something of a workaround for Trump after the Supreme Court last year blocked the administration from adding a citizenship question to the decennial survey.The rationale for the memo rests on the argument that the president has final say over transmitting the final census report to Congress and that the constitution does not explicitly define which persons must be included in determining apportionment.

Trump signs order targeting undocumented immigrants in the US census. President Donald Trump signed a presidential memorandum on Tuesday that would exclude undocumented immigrants from being counted in congressional

Trump signs order excluding undocumented immigrants from being counted when congressional districts are redrawn. President Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order excluding illegal immigrants from being counted in the 2020 United States census.

Trump's plan, announced on Tuesday, could exclude several million people when determining how to apportion the 435 House seats, starting with the 2022 midterm elections. It could cause a few House seats to shift from Democratic-leaning states with large immigrant populations to Republican-leaning states.

The apportionment is also a basis for determining electoral votes for the 2024 and 2028 presidential elections.

Among the mostly Democratic-leaning plaintiffs are New York state, the most populous plaintiff, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco.

Trump orders Census not to count undocumented immigrants toward House seats

  Trump orders Census not to count undocumented immigrants toward House seats The president's legal authority to issue such an order is unclear and the move is expected to face lawsuits.Mr. Trump's authority to exclude unauthorized immigrants from the calculations made after each census to determine how many representatives each state should have in Congress is unclear, and Tuesday's order is expected to face court challenges. If enacted, however, the policy could have a seismic political impact, as states can gain or lose seats in the House every 10 years after the census, depending on how their populations compare to others.

Trump signs order targeting undocumented immigrants in the US census. President Donald Trump signed a presidential memorandum on Tuesday that would exclude undocumented immigrants from being counted in congressional

Trump orders Census not to count undocumented immigrants for awarding congressional seats . The president' s legal authority to issue such an The president' s effort to exclude undocumented immigrants from the population count for congressional seats is pulling in attorneys who challenged

The White House declined to comment.

In the complaint filed in federal court in Manhattan, the plaintiffs called Trump's plan unconstitutional because everyone in the country must be counted regardless of their legal status.

They said this has been true since slavery was abolished in the 1860s, and that the Constitution requires a count based on the "whole number of persons" in each state, as counted in each decennial U.S. census.

The census is also a basis for allocating federal funds, and the plaintiffs said Trump's directive could hurt communities by deterring immigrants from responding to the census now under way.

In announcing the directive, Trump said "person" had "never been understood to include ... every individual physically present within a state's boundaries."

Alleged efforts to conceal the number of undocumented immigrants, he said, were "part of a broader left-wing effort" to erode the rights of American citizens, "and I will not stand for it."

Trump has made curbing legal and illegal immigration a focus of his presidency. He is seeking reelection and has trailed Democrat Joe Biden in some recent polls.

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Additional reporting by Mica Rosenberg in New York and Alexandra Alper in Washington, D.C.; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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President Donald Trump’s memorandum to exclude undocumented immigrants from congressional apportionment may be bittersweet to dozens of Hill Republicans — it’s been a party priority for years but may hurt the states they represent. More than 40 Republicans in the House and four in the Senate represent the three largest states likely to be affected […] The post Trump’s census memo puts some Republicans in Catch-22 appeared first on Roll Call.

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