New Census Order Will Exclude People Who Are In The Country Illegally

Headline Roundup July 21st, 2020

President Donald Trump released a memorandum Tuesday seeking to exclude people who are in the U.S. illegally from being counted in the upcoming 2020 census. Since the 1970s, U.S. residents have been counted in the census regardless of their immigration status. The population count determines federal funding and the number of seats allotted to each state in Congress. The memo stated that giving congressional representation to those who enter or stay in the country illegally, "would create perverse incentives and undermine our system of government."

Coverage from all sides of the political spectrum speculated about how this change could affect congressional representation in certain states. Some voices from the left said they considered the plan unconstitutional, calling it an effort by Trump to "make the electoral college more red". Editor's note: we initially described the memorandum in error as an executive order.

New Census Order Will Exclude People Who Are In The Country Illegally

From the Right
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WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order excluding illegal immigrants from being counted in the 2020 United States census.

Since the first census in the 1970s, both US citizens and non-citizens have been included in the country’s official population count, regardless of their immigration status, as part of a process which determines federal funding and how many seats each state gets in Congress.

But Trump’s order, which had been anticipated for weeks, is the latest salvo in his administration’s ongoing battle with the Census Bureau.

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From the Left
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OPINION

Donald Trump’s new memorandum to exclude undocumented immigrants from the next round of congressional apportionment is morally repulsive, illegal, and impossible. It is repulsive because it borrows the logic of the notorious Three-Fifths Clause to declare that undocumented immigrants are not full “persons” under the Constitution. It is illegal because it seeks to exclude these immigrants from a state’s population when counting how many seats each state gets in the House of Representatives, which violates the Constitution. And it is impossible because there is no way that the government can...

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From the Center
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order on Tuesday that aims to prevent migrants who are in the United States illegally from being counted when U.S. congressional voting districts are redrawn in the next round of redistricting.

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