A census win for immigrants without documentation

    Attorney General Josh Kaul speaks with reporters outside the Supreme Court (photo by Ruth Conniff)
    Attorney General Josh Kaul speaks with reporters outside the Supreme Court

    Attorney General Josh Kaul was on the winning side against the Trump administration in its attempts to exclude undocumented immigrants from the census count.

     Wisconsin joined a coalition of states and local governments in July that filed a lawsuit after Trump issued a presidential memorandum declaring his intent to exclude immigrants without documentation from being counted. Yesterday judges in U.S. District Court in New York agreed with Kaul and the other attorneys general, along with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, that such exclusion was unlawful. 

    The court used language that indicated its unanimous decision was an easy one as it granted summary judgement: “The merits of the parties’ dispute are not particularly close or complicated.”

    “A three-judge panel has unanimously concluded that President Trump’s effort to rig the Census by changing who is included in the apportionment base violates the law,” said Kaul. “I will continue standing up to attempts by the Trump administration to undermine a fair Census.”

    The census determines apportionment for political representation, including Congressional representation. The court ruled that by trying to change the basis for apportionment, Trump violated the legal requirement that the House of Representatives is responsible for counting all people in each state for the census.

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    Melanie Conklin
    Melanie Conklin is proud to be a native of the state of Wisconsin, which gave humankind the typewriter, progressivism and deep-fried cheese curds. Her several decades in journalism include political beats and columns at Isthmus newspaper, the Wisconsin State Journal and other publications. When not an ink-stained wretch, she served time inside state, local and federal government in communications. She is excited to be back at the craft of journalism as Deputy Editor of the Wisconsin Examiner. It’s what she’s loved ever since getting her master’s degree in journalism from the UW-Madison. Her family includes one husband, two kids, four dogs and five (or more) chinchillas.