Updated: August 07, 2020 11:19 PM
Created: August 07, 2020 07:35 PM
ORLANDO, Fla. (WHEC/AP) - A coalition of states, cities and civil rights groups, led by New York State, on Friday asked a federal judge to declare as unconstitutional President Donald Trump’s order seeking to exclude people in the country illegally from being part of the process for redrawing congressional districts.
New York Attorney General Letitia James' office sent a release about the filing, saying:
"The Fourteenth Amendment clearly states that “Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State...” The framers of the Fourteenth Amendment deliberately chose the phrase “whole number of persons” to refer to all persons living in each state — including the entire immigrant population."
In a Tweet, she called the move illegal.
I just filed a motion to halt President Trump's efforts to illegally leave millions of undocumented immigrants out of the congressional apportionment in the #2020Census.— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) August 7, 2020
I will take every legal action available to ensure all communities are properly represented in Congress.
The coalition, in court papers, asked U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman in New York to stop Trump’s order from being implemented and declare that it violated the U.S. Constitution and laws governing the taking of the once-a-decade census.
In the alternative, the coalition asked the judge to stop any action from being taken on the order until he can make a final ruling.
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