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Census Bureau to miss deadline, threatening Trump’s attempt to exclude illegal migrants from census


#For the first time in four decades the #Census #Bureau will miss their deadline on reporting apportionment figures used to divvy up congressional seats.

The missed deadline will likely subvert #President #Trump’s plans to remove people living in the country without legal permission from the process.

#Trump pushed to have immigrants living in the U.S. without legal permission discounted from the final census count, which is used by the U.S. #House of #Representatives to decide how many #House members each state gets – a move that some theorized would benefit GOP lawmakers.

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The 2020 census will also be used to help determine how to redraw district lines, a process that occurs every 10 years.

“#This important process, which has been a part of every decennial census, is critical to produce data that can be used for apportioning seats in the #House of #Representatives among the states,” the #Census #Bureau said in a statement #Wednesday. “The schedule for reporting this data is not static. #Projected dates are fluid.”

The deadline on #Dec. 31, has yet to be missed since first being established in 1976, though officials say they hope to have it completed shortly after the #New #Year. #But the bureau did not specify whether or not that will be met before #President-elect #Joe #Biden enters office on #Jan. 20, 2021.

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The #Trump administration has remained fairly opaque as to how they would calculate adjusting the census by removing certain immigrants, which could be attributed to the #Supreme #Court’s dismissal of a lawsuit earlier this month, that attempted to block #Trump’s plan.

The 6-3 ruling found that “this case is riddled with contingencies and speculation that impede judicial review.”

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The suit brought forward by the state of #New #York and the #American #Civil #Liberties #Union said #Trump’s policy would violate the #Constitution and #Census #Act by attempting to undermine #Democratic states with higher populations of migrants, such as #California, by lessening the number of representatives permitted.

#Under the #Census #Act, the law states that #House seats should be based on the “whole number of persons in each state.”

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The #President then sends #Congress a report of each state’s population along with their allotted number of #House districts. #Although if the figures are not submitted by the #Census #Bureau until after #Jan. 20, then #President-elect #Joe #Biden would gain control over the numbers and how they are interpreted.

“#We continue to process the data collected and plan to deliver a complete and accurate state population count for apportionment in early 2021, as close to the statutory deadline as possible,” the #Bureau said #Wednesday.

The #Associated #Press contributed to this report.

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