The U.S. Census does not now contain any questions about respondents' citizenship or legal status. When this news came out, many anxious that such information would be used to exclude undocumented people from the count when it came to redistricting ... and they were right.
The text directs the Department of Commerce to combine census data with any other relevant government databases to determine which "persons in each state" are citizens, legal immigrants, and illegal immigrants.
Critics of the move told Reuters that counting illegal immigrants in the census is critical for determining funding levels for schools, health care facilities and other public utilities.
Filed on Thursday with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the complaint was released two days after Trump issued a memo calling to exclude unauthorized immigrants from the constitutionally mandated count of every person living in the country that is used to redistribute seats in the House of Representatives.
They are asking a federal judge to declare the president's memo in violation of the Constitution and federal laws, as well as to block the administration from carrying it out and the clerk of the House from certifying an apportionment count delivered by the president that does not include people "on the basis of their citizenship or immigration status". A contrary result would rob the State of Alabama and its legal residents of their rightful share of representation and undermine the rule of law. In 2019, he attempted to get a question about citizenship status on the 2020 census at the Supreme Court.
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But as quickly as the order was signed, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) already has plans to challenge the memo.
President Donald Trump erupted late last week after Defense Secretary Mark Esper issued a new military-wide directive that was a de facto ban on the display of the Confederate flag. The Supreme Court ultimately rejected the attempt to put a citizenship question on the survey.
"I stand for fair and equal representation of American citizens", Brooks said.
We can also hope that before this case inevitably makes it back to the Supreme Court, we'll have a new President who won't govern with a policy of hurting and disenfranchising as many people as possible.
Updated at 2:25 p.m.to add statement from Mo Brooks.