Alabama sues Census Bureau for counting undocumented immigrants

Alabama sues Census Bureau for counting undocumented immigrants
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Alabama has reportedly filed a lawsuit challenging the federal government’s practice of counting immigrants living in the U.S. without legal status in its official Census Bureau population counts.

The state filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday arguing that the new census numbers for 2020 will result in Alabama losing a congressional seat and a vote in the Electoral College to a state with a bigger “illegal alien population,” according to The Associated Press.

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The state of Alabama and Rep. Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksCoulter slams Trump as 'lazy and incompetent,’ says he could face primary challenger Dems press Pentagon officials to explain why troops are still at border House Republicans call for moving State of the Union to Senate chamber MORE (R-Ala.) are the plaintiffs in the suit.

Citizens and noncitizens with a residence in the U.S. are included in official census and apportionment counts. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE's administration said in March that the 2020 census would include a citizenship question, something that has not appeared on the general form since 1950. Democrats have argued that a citizenship question would lead to inaccurate population counts because it would discourage immigrants from filling out the questionnaire.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossSupreme Court to hear census citizenship case this term Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers press officials on 2020 election security | T-Mobile, Sprint execs defend merger before Congress | Officials charge alleged Iranian spy | Senate panel kicks off talks on data security bill Apple, IBM, Walmart join White House advisory board MORE pushed back against those concerns, stating that the necessity for accurate data outweighs “fears about potentially lower response rate."

Seventeen states have already sued the Trump administration over its intention to include the citizenship question, according to the AP.