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Trump Admin Hit With Lawsuit From Immigrant Rights Groups Over Citizenship Data


Democrats and supporters of “immigrant rights” are not giving up their feud with President Trump to keep him from collecting data regarding citizenship status.

After Democrat uproar over President Trump attempting to get a citizenship question asking if the person was a U.S. citizen or not on the 2020 census, Trump issued an executive order to get the necessary data.

This triggered several immigrant rights groups to sue the Trump administration for what they allege is a conspiracy “motivated by a racially discriminatory scheme to reduce Latino political representation and increase the overrepresentation of non-Latino Whites, thereby advantaging White voters at Latino voters’ expense,” according to the lawsuit filing.

Take a look at news of the lawsuit that hit Twitter:


NPR has more details on the lawsuit and background leading to it:

Latinx community groups based in Texas and Arizona are suing to block the Trump administration from collecting government records for the production of data concerning the U.S. citizenship status of every person living in the country.


The lawsuit marks the first legal challenge in response to Trump's July executive orderabout citizenship data, extending a legal fight that began with the administration's push for the now-blocked citizenship question.


A major GOP strategist had concluded that information — which the Census Bureau has been directed to produce by using citizenship records from other federal agencies and state governments — could be used by state redistricting officials after the 2020 census to redraw voting districts that are "advantageous to Republicans and Non-Hispanic Whites."


In a court filing obtained Friday by NPR, attorneys with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC outline allegations that are similar to their earlier lawsuit against the addition of the citizenship question.


They argue that the Trump administration's efforts are part of a conspiracy intended to prevent Latinx communities, noncitizens and other immigrants from receiving fair representation when state and local voting lines are redrawn after the 2020 census.

The challengers also allege that the administration is violating the Administrative Procedure Act in trying to carry out Trump's executive order. Thomas Saenz, MALDEF's president and general counsel, describes the efforts as a way of saving face for the president after the Supreme Court ruled to keep the citizenship question off the 2020 census forms.


"We know that effectively no process was followed," Saenz tells NPR. "It was an announcement made in reaction to the president having to abandon his effort to include a citizenship question."

Townhall also said:

Immigration groups La Union Del Pueblo Entero and Promise Arizona on Friday filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court of Maryland challenging President Donald Trump's executive order that allowed the government to gather citizenship data on every person in the United States. 

According to the groups, the data could be used unfairly when legislators redraw congressional districts following the 2020 census. Their primary argument is minorities and illegal aliens would be disproportionally impacted by racial animus and voting districts would be "advantageous to Republicans and Non-Hispanic Whites," NPR reported.

“Voters will be denied their constitutionally guaranteed rights to equitable political representation based on actual population,” the complaint said.


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