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Trump admin to explain census exclusions to SCOTUS

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Trump wants to exclude undocumented immigrants from the total population in the U.S. census

The Supreme Court agreed to listen to President Donald Trump’s arguments to exclude undocumented immigrants from the total population in the U.S. census.

The Supreme Court wants to give the Trump administration an opportunity to explain why adding probing citizenship questions to the 2020 census is necessary.

There have been several failed attempts by the Trump administration to prevent undocumented immigrants from being represented, The Washington Post reported.

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One month ago, in the case of the State of New York v. Trump, a federal appeals court blocked the Commerce Department and the Census Bureau from including information on undocumented immigrants. 

In July of this year, Trump said in a memorandum that some states are overcompensated in representation because of undocumented immigrants.

If the Supreme Court were to dismiss the census responses of undocumented immigrants, states like California, New Jersey, and Texas could have fewer House of Representative seats.

The U.S. Census logo appears on census materials received in the mail with an invitation to fill out census information online on March 19, 2020 in San Anselmo, California. (Photo Illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

On Oct. 14, however, the Supreme Court did allowed the Trump administration to lower population counting for the census.

“[Trump] seeks to reallocate political power among the states and to weaken the political influence of states with larger populations of undocumented immigrants,” the challengers said in a court filing, Reuters reported.

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They also alleged the change prevents people from participating in the census, saying it is a violation of both the Constitution and the Census Act.

The administration wanting to exclude undocumented immigrants comes before Trump’s third pick for the Supreme Court is sworn in. Amy Coney Barrett is set to take Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat.

If the Republican-controlled Senate approves Trump-nominated Barrett, six out nine seats will be controlled by conservative judges.

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