Alabama sues over undocumented residents in Census counts

Alabama argues the predicted 2020 census numbers will cause Alabama to lose a congressional seat.

Posted: May 22, 2018 10:09 AM

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama has filed a lawsuit against the federal government, challenging the practice of counting undocumented residents in U.S. Census counts used for congressional reapportionment.

In the lawsuit, Alabama argues the predicted 2020 census numbers will cause Alabama to lose a congressional seat, and an electoral vote, to a state with a "larger illegal alien population."

The state and Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks are plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed in federal court against the U.S. Census Bureau.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, all people, including citizens and noncitizens, with a usual residence in the 50 states are counted in the census and in apportionment counts.

Seventeen states have sued over administration plans to include a census citizenship question, saying that would undermine population counts.

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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