TRUMP SAYS CENSUS SHOULDN’T COUNT THOSE HERE ILLEGALLY
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.”
President Donald Trump said Tuesday that including people in the U.S. illegally in the census “would create perverse incentives.”