The video's mind-boggling - while several people are wearing masks as POTUS greets Congressional hopeful Madison Cawthorn and introduces him to Rudy Giuliani, many others are not ... including Cawthorn and the guy he's trying to replace in the House, Mark Meadows. In 2019, he attempted to get a question about citizenship status on the 2020 census at the Supreme Court.
Filed on Thursday with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the complaint was released two days after Trump issued a memo calling to exclude unauthorized immigrants from the constitutionally mandated count of every person living in the country that is used to redistribute seats in the House of Representatives.
The memorandum has sparked legal challenges as it follows the Department of Commerce losing a Supreme Court case past year where it attempted to include a question about citizenship status on the 2020 census. However, it lies with the executive branch to determine who are the "inhabitants", and that judgement includes excluding from the apportionment base "aliens who are not in a lawful immigration status".
Census data is used to determine the size of electoral districts that supply lawmakers to Congress as well as state legislatures.
But this policy, like the citizenship question on the census, is illegal and unconstitutional. The memo notes that states which thwart the enforcement of federal laws should not be rewarded with increased representation in Congress.
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According to the Associated Press, Trump said in today's memorandum that "respect for the law and protection of the integrity of the democratic process warrant the exclusion of illegal aliens from the apportionment base, to the extent feasible and to the maximum extent of the President's discretion under the law".
The ACLU has already made it clear that they will contest this latest horrifying attack on immigrants and Americans in court. He tried to add a citizenship question to the census and lost in the Supreme Court. "That's why in May of 2018, I joined Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall (on behalf of the State of Alabama) in suing in Federal court to prevent illegal aliens from being included in the census apportionment count".
"I stand for fair and equal representation of American citizens", Brooks said.
"We're going to see to it that provision doesn't survive the bill", Inhofe told the paper. "President Trump's Executive Order highlights the importance of this case".