California demands tally of the undocumented in U.S. census
Washington, Jul 29 (Prensa Latina) California is filing today a lawsuit against the American government to call for the tally of undocumented immigrants in the country's census, in order to allocate the seats of the House of Representatives.
This lawsuit, filed by this territory's Attorney General Xavier Becerra and several mayors of this state, argues that it would be inconstitutional for the Trump administration not to count undocumented people in this year's census.
In addition, this lawsuit indicates that the measure on this matter adopted by the Republican executive is an attempt to deprive California of at least one of its seats at the House of Representatives.
You cannot be a president of law and order if you continue breaking the law. This last attack on the census is just that: it is illegal, said Becerra in a statement referring to Trump.
On July 21, the president signed a memorandum for the 2020 Census not to include in the district allocation tally illegal immigrants in the United States.
This measure, which would mean an unprecedented change to a constitutional mandate that establishes the count of every person who lives in the country, regardless of their immigration status, is seen by critical voices as a tactic to help Republicans in the elections.
Since the United States started to carry out censuses in 1790, both American citizens and non citizens have been included in the official population tallies.
The Constitution states that the people residing in the states must be counted every 10 years to determine the allocation of seats of every territory in the House of Representatives.
On his memorandum, Trump said that the president will have the final word when it comes to submitting the final report of the census to Congress, and that the Constitution does not explicitly define who qualifies as as 'resident.'
This order was seen as Trump's search for an alternative solution, after last year the Supreme Court rejected his administration's attempt to add a question on citizenship to the census.
President Trump still believes that he can circumvent the U.S. Constitution. A complete and accurate count is key to ensuring our representation in Congress and the resources we are entitled to, the Californian attorney general said on Tuesday.
We must call this for what it is: another inconstitutional takeover by a president desperate to remove political influence from the places where many immigrants live, said, in turn, Los Angeles City Counselor Mike Feuer.
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