The Census matters. It is the government’s official count of the population and it affects hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding. Further, the Census count even impacts political representation in Washington. That is why it is so alarming that the Trump Administration is trying to change the rules at the last minute in an explicit effort to undercount immigrants.
California is suing the federal government to make sure the Trump Administration does a fair count of the people. According to a report from Politico, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra alleges that the administration is violating the U.S. Constitution. Below, our Los Angeles immigration attorneys explain what you should know about California’s 2020 Census lawsuit.
The Issue: Trump Makes Unprecedented Move to Exclude Undocumented Immigrants
Conducted once every decade, the United States Census Bureau is responsible for counting everyone who is living within a residential structure in each jurisdiction in the country. All people are supposed to be counted—including non-citizens. For the entire course of our country’s history, we have apportioned representation based on the actual count of people. On July 21st, the Trump Administration made an alarming, but sadly not altogether surprising announcement: Undocumented immigrants would not be included in the official census count.
Excluding Undocumented Immigrants Hurts their Communities
The Trump Administration’s attempt to change the rules could make a significant impact on federal funding and political representation. If allowed to proceed by the courts, the move would be hugely consequential for immigrant communities. The places where a disproportionate amount of non-citizens live would lose representation.
Southern California would be hurt by the change in the rules. Based on analysis conducted by our state’s leaders, the Trump Administration’s policy change would cost the state of California a representative in congress. Additionally, some cities, including Los Angeles, would almost certainly lose out on some of their federal funding.
Four Lawsuits Have Been Filed to Ensure a Fair Census Count
California’s lawsuit against the Trump Administration is just one of four separate lawsuits. As reported by National Public Radio (NPR), 20 U.S. states and several nonprofit organizations are fighting to stop the Trump Administration from systematically denying fair representation to non-citizens.
These lawsuits are moving forward in multiple different courts. The initial rulings are expected in the coming weeks. If there is a circuit split on the issue or appeals, the 2020 Census dispute could eventually make its way to the Supreme Court. Our immigration law firm will keep a close watch on all developments.
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