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Court Blocks Trump's Attempt To Change Who Counts For Allocating House Seats


September 11, 2020

President Trump, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross (center) and Attorney General William Barr walk into the White House Rose Garden for a July 2019 press conference on the census. Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

A special three-judge court in New York on Thursday blocked the Trump administration's efforts to make an unprecedented change to who is included in the census numbers that determine each state's share of seats in Congress.

The president, the court concluded, cannot leave unauthorized immigrants out of that specific count.

The ruling comes after the July release of a memorandum by President Trump that directs Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the U.S. Census Bureau, to provide Trump with information needed to exclude immigrants living in the United States without authorization from the apportionment count.


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