President Trump has given up on the idea of getting a citizenship question included in the 2020 Census. But the fight to keep undocumented immigrants from being counted in the congressional apportionment process isn’t over for the state of Alabama.
U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Alabama) and state Attorney General Steve Marshall (R) filed a lawsuit about 14 months ago challenging the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution’s Residence Rule, granting the Census Bureau the authority to include undocumented immigrants in its calculation of how many U.S. House seats each state gets. A status hearing on the case is set for Aug. 23.
The stakes are high for Alabama: It appears likely to lose one of its seven U.S. House seats.
“The threshold for us is to fight to keep a congressional seat,” Marshall said in an interview last month. “We are not the only state that will be adversely impacted on the apportionment count if people are in the country unlawfully.” (BIRMINGHAM NEWS)