TRUMP SAYS CEN­SUS SHOULDN’T COUNT THOSE HERE IL­LE­GALLY

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY KEVIN FREKING AND MIKE SCH­NEI­DER

WASHINGTON — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump signed a mem­o­ran­dum Tues­day that seeks to bar peo­ple in the U.S. il­le­gally from be­ing in­cluded in the head­count as con­gres­sional dis­tricts are re­drawn, a move that drew im­me­di­ate crit­i­cism and prom­ises of court chal­lenges.

Trump said in­clud­ing them in the count “would cre­ate per­verse in­cen­tives and un­der­mine our sys­tem of gov­ern­ment.” Seats in the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives are re­dis­tributed ev­ery 10 years based on changes in pop­u­la­tion found in the cen­sus.

The Supreme Court blocked the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s ef­fort to add a cit­i­zen­ship ques­tion to the 2020 cen­sus form, with a ma­jor­ity say­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s ra­tio­nale for the cit­i­zen­ship ques­tion — to help en­force vot­ing rights — ap­peared to be contrived.

New York At­tor­ney Gen­eral Leti­tia James, who, along with civil rights groups, fought the cit­i­zen­ship ques­tion in court, vowed to chal­lenge the or­der.

“No one ceases to be a per­son be­cause they lack doc­u­men­ta­tion,” James said. “Un­der the law, ev­ery per­son re­sid­ing in the

U.S. dur­ing the cen­sus, re­gard­less of sta­tus, must be counted.”

Dale Ho, di­rec­tor of the ACLU’s Vot­ing Rights Project, pre­dicted Trump’s lat­est ef­fort also would be found un­con­sti­tu­tional.

“The Con­sti­tu­tion requires that every­one in the U.S. be counted in the cen­sus,” Ho said. “Pres­i­dent Trump can’t pick and choose. He tried to add a cit­i­zen­ship ques­tion to the cen­sus and lost in the Supreme Court . . . We will see him in court, and win, again.”

EVAN VUCCI/AP

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said Tues­day that in­clud­ing peo­ple in the U.S. il­le­gally in the cen­sus “would cre­ate per­verse in­cen­tives.”

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