Trump Is Trying To Weaponize The U.S. Census Against Undocumented Immigrants

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Trump Moves To Exclude Illegal Immigrants From New Congressional Redistricting Maps — Here's How He'll Do It

Why it matters: The move is sure to provoke legal challenges.

In a court filing released Wednesday, Terry Ao Minnis - an attorney who directs census and voting programs at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC - argued that there is a "close relationship" between the administration's efforts to produce more detailed data about USA citizens and its efforts for a count of unauthorized immigrants.

A spokesperson for the White House said that Trump's executive order requires that any relevant information that could help to count the number of undocumented immigrants be provided to the Census Bureau by various departments and federal agencies, specifically the Department of Homeland Security's Citizenship and Immigration Services, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Patrol, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Social Security Administration, and two State Department offices.

Gavin Newsom (D) on Tuesday decried President Donald Trump's executive order which will exclude Illegal aliens from being counted for purposes of congressional apportioning. "Affording congressional representation, and therefore formal political influence, to states on account of the presence within their borders of aliens who have not followed the steps to secure a lawful immigration status under our laws undermines those principles".

"How are you going to sort out the illegal from the other citizens who are here legally?" Just last week, three states (South Carolina, South Dakota, and Iowa) joined Nebraska in committing to share driver's license and citizenship data with the federal government and the census bureau.

"Counting households through administrative data would only disproportionately undercount Black and Brown households", she added.

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The Constitution does not specify which people in a given state should be counted in the census.

In 1999, the Supreme Court ruled that census data produced using statistical sampling can not be used to reapportion Congress.

The process of congressional apportionment is complicated, as the Pew post explains.

The House Oversight and Reform Committee is planning to hold an emergency hearing on July 29.

Minutes after Common Cause issued a press release Thursday announcing their legal challenge, Trump's reelection campaign sent an email to its supporters soliciting $23 donations by offering "an exact replica" of the pen the president used to sign the memo. Dale Ho, the director of the ACLU's Voting Rights Project, responded in a statement, saying, "We'll see him in court, and win, again".

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