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Trump sued by El Paso County over attempt to omit undocumented immigrants from key census count

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EL PASO, Texas -- President Donald Trump’s attempt to exclude undocumented immigrants from census figures that will be used to divide up seats in Congress among the states is now being challenged in federal court by a coalition of state and local governments that includes El Paso County.

The Constitution requires a once-a-decade count of the "whole number of persons in each state." One of the purposes of that census count is to determine how to apportion congressional seats.

Trump signed a memorandum earlier this week that bars people in the U.S. illegally from being counted in the congressional reapportionment process.

The lawsuit filed in federal court for the District of Columbia contends that Trump’s effort “flouts the plain language of the Constitution” and tries to do with an executive order what would require a constitutional amendment.

"The Constitution is abundantly clear: For purposes of apportioning members of the House of Representatives among the states, every person residing in the U.S. during the census, regardless of legal status, must be counted," said a statement issued by El Paso County government late Friday afternoon.

The lawsuit asks a federal judge to declare the president's memo in violation of the Constitution and seeks to have the court block the Trump administration from carrying it out.

The administration has not publicly commented on the suit, which has been brought by a total of 21 state attorneys general, nine cities and four counties including El Paso.

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  1. “No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen.”

    So representatives must be U.S. Citizens at least 7 years but the people that elect them do not. B.S.

  2. The orange buffoon will be enjoined as he usually is. The constitution plainly states that all persons residing in the nation shall be counted. There is no mention of citizenship status.

    1. Using the term enjoined too loosely? You don’t even know what it means in the legal sense. The party bringing suit has to prevail with an injunction to enjoin him. You are an idiot. BTW – You really think illegals will cooperate and actually complete a census form. LMAO.

  3. More assclownery by the morons running this city.

    Illegal is ILLEGAL. No illegals should EVER be counted in our census. It’s just that simple.

    1. You are entitled to your opinion but the law is the law and has been during every census ever conducted. It calls for every person living here to be counted. The orange buffoon was advised by White House counsel that his memorandum was going nowhere but he did it anyway as is his habit to ignore his advisors.

    1. It’s fake news markturner aka Alberto again. The only buffoon in El Paso. Most cities? You failed to read and comprehend the article moron. “The administration has not publicly commented on the suit, which has been brought by a total of 21 state attorneys general, nine cities and four counties including El Paso”. Nine cities? LMAO. Regardless El Paso has a tendency to shoot itself in the foot.

  4. Good move. Once illegals say they are legal then when the time comes to register an application for citizenship, they will say they never said they were here legally. Then? POW! Back to your country for lying to the government. Nice move.

    1. There is no citizenship question on the census forms. The orange buffoon tried to get that put on the forms but was, as he will be again, enjoined by the courts for pulling another stunt his advisors warned him about. Citizenship has nothing to do with a census.

        1. They don’t get it Fero2. They think Trump is just a dumb butt. They don’t understand how calculated he is. How much of chess player he is. Nadodave is exactly right. It’s not about illegals getting counted or not. He’s setting up his next move. It’s about Illegal immigration in general and he’s bringing it to the forefront again. Just like the mask issue. He started wearing a mask in hopes that one of 2 things would happen. 1) He hoped the liberals would start saying, “If Trump says it then don’t do it. Masks don’t work”. That didn’t happen. 2) However, what did happen is, It now reinforces what the “experts” have been saying…masks work. Great, no need for all mail-in ballots in November then. Either way, Trump (and America) wins! That’s what these Trump hating morons don’t get. They’re all too stupid to see what’s really happening. They have no thinking skills. They only listen to CNN “Journalists” who have no clue either. And the most hilarious thing is that, on this site anyway, their pied piper is Mark Turner! The most blinded of them all. His TDS drives everything he does and says and he is getting played like a fiddle. President Trump out smarts them all. As long as they keep following the bouncing ball, they’ll never get it.

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