Originally Published in Politico
Jeremy B. White - July 28, 2020
California is suing the Trump administration to block an order that would exclude undocumented immigrants from counting toward congressional apportionment.
The lawsuit argues that the Trump administration is defying centuries of precedent while violating the Constitution. It was filed by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the cities of Long Beach, Los Angeles and Oakland in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
Key context: This is one of several legal challenges seeking to stymie the Trump administration’s move, and it is in ways another battle in a larger war: the courts already thwarted the administration’s attempt to ask about immigration status on the U.S. census. California was among the states challenging that move on the grounds that it would drive down response rates, starving states of federal dollars and political representation.
What’s next: With multiple lawsuits now moving through the court system, some rulings should come down soon. If district and appeals courts split on the legality of the Trump administration’s order, there’s a chance this fight makes it to the U.S. Supreme Court.