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Why I Am Keeping My Eye On A Longshot Census Case In Alabama

FILE - This March 23, 2018, file photo shows an envelope containing a 2018 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident as part of the nation's only test run of the 2020 Census. The Supreme Court will decide whether the ... FILE - This March 23, 2018, file photo shows an envelope containing a 2018 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident as part of the nation's only test run of the 2020 Census. The Supreme Court will decide whether the 2020 census can include a question about citizenship that could affect the allocation of seats in the House of Representatives and the distribution of billions of dollars in federal money.(AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith, File) MORE LESS
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July 19, 2019 4:25 p.m.

When Alabama sued the Commerce Department last year, demanding that it exclude undocumented immigrants from the census count used to distribute U.S. House seats amongst states, the lawsuit seemed like a longshot.

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