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May 28, 2018

Weekly Primer: Alabama Sues To Cut Undocumented Immigrants Out Of Its Congress Count

Many states are moving forward with lawsuits challenging the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, alleging that it will discourage immigrant populations from participating in the survey. But Alabama is suing to see that some immigrants — at least not those in the U.S. legally — aren’t even counted. The state, in a lawsuit filed Tuesday, is seeking to cut undocumented immigrants out of the count that the Census Bureau uses to apportion U.S. congressional districts. The state alleges that it is about lose a congressional seat and an electoral vote to a state with a “larger illegal alien population.” Texas did not wait long to appeal an order Monday from a federal judge requiring the state to fix its online DMV system so that voter registration would be offered to those who updated their driver’s license info on the web. On the same day that U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia gave Texas 45 days to address…

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