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 BrooksHouse GOP returns to Washington after sobering midterm losses Trump immigration measures struggle in the courts Latino groups intervene in Alabama census lawsuit 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 TrumpCorsi sues Mueller for alleged leaks and illegal surveillance Comey: Trump 'certainly close' to being unindicted co-conspirator Trump pushes back on reports that Ayers was first pick for chief of staff 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 RossCanada arrests Huawei CFO facing US extradition for allegedly violating Iran sanctions: report Stocks slide after Trump warns China: 'I am a Tariff Man' George H.W. Bush remembered at Kennedy Center Honors 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.