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President Trump is planning to sign an executive order that would ban undocumented immigrants from being included in the 2020 census, Reuters reported Friday. The census is intended to count every person in the U.S., documented or not, and is used to determine the distribution of taxpayer money and congressional appointments.
The Trump administration originally tried and failed to include a question of citizenship in the 2020 census. Advocates successfully argued in court it would make immigrants afraid to fill out the survey. An executive order to prevent undocumented immigrants from filling out the census would likely also be met with court challenges, and the president’s ability to modify the census in that way is questionable. Reuters
In other federal immigration news…
Trump Believes DACA Ruling Lets Him Break Law
Trump is considering acting without legal authority to end DACA, according to Axios. Influenced by a National Review article from John Yoo, the lawyer who wrote the justification for waterboarding after 9/11, where he argued that SCOTUS’s DACA ruling “makes it easy for presidents to violate the law.” Trump is set to announce an executive order on immigration that touches on DACA and a range of other programs. Axios
Travel Ban Faces Lawsuit
A lawsuit against Trump’s April executive order banning people with H-1B visas from coming to the U.S. has been expanded to include individuals affected by the June executive order, which affects more visa holders. The expanded lawsuit includes doctors who are unable to enter the U.S. despite a demand for their help. Bloomberg Law
SPLC: Miller is White Supremacist Extremist
White House adviser Stephen Miller has been added to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Extremist Files” over his role in constructing the administration’s anti-immigration policies. The classification came after SPLC revealed the contents of hundreds of emails Miller sent to a Breitbart editor pushing white nationalist ideas. Newsweek