Alabama Sues Census Bureau For Counting Its ‘Illegal Alien Population’

Baylen, Liz –– – LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 30, 2010 (Middle) Shamar Drew, 30, of LA, and (right) David Brown, 67, of LA, say working as enumerators for the Census is something fun to do and it also allows them to make a little extra money. They are among many Census workers, who picked up materials at Dodger Stadium before heading out to count the number of homeless people, March 30, 2010, in Los Angeles. ( Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times )
Liz O. Baylen/Los Angeles Times

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama has filed a lawsuit against the federal government, challenging the practice of counting undocumented residents in U.S. Census counts used for congressional reapportionment.

In the lawsuit, Alabama argues the predicted 2020 census numbers will cause Alabama to lose a congressional seat, and an electoral vote, to a state with a “larger illegal alien population.”

The state and Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks are plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed in federal court against the U.S. Census Bureau.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, all people, including citizens and noncitizens, with a usual residence in the 50 states are counted in the census and in apportionment counts.

Seventeen states have sued over administration plans to include a census citizenship question, saying that would undermine population counts.

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