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 BrooksOvernight Defense: Woman accusing general of sexual assault willing to testify | Joint Chiefs pick warns against early Afghan withdrawal | Tensions rise after Iran tries to block British tanker Conservatives ask Barr to lay out Trump's rationale for census question House sends Trump border aid bill after Pelosi caves to pressure from moderates 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 TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA 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 RossThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet House poised to hold Barr, Ross in contempt Ross in Trump's crosshairs after census loss: report 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.