ACLU Comment on Supreme Court Action in Challenge to Trump Census Order 

October 16, 2020 5:15 pm

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NEW YORK — The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the Trump administration’s request to review a ruling that blocked the president’s attempt to keep undocumented immigrants from being counted in the U.S. census for the purpose of apportioning the U.S. House of Representatives. The case will be heard November 30.

The action stems from a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, New York Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Texas, ACLU of Southern California, and Arnold & Porter on behalf of the New York Immigration Coalition, Make the Road New York, CASA, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, ADC Research Institute, FIEL Houston, and AHRI for Justice.

On Sept. 10, a federal court in New York blocked the Trump order, prompting the administration’s appeal.

Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, argued the case and had this reaction to today’s Supreme Court action:

“President Trump has repeatedly tried — and failed — to weaponize the census for his attacks on immigrant communities. The Supreme Court rejected his attempt last year and should do so again. The legal mandate is clear — every single person counts in the census, and every single person is represented in Congress.”



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