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What Trump’s Census Attacks Could Cost New Jersey

New Jersey may lose a House seat if undocumented immigrants aren't included in its Census count like the Trump administration has ordered

Max Siegelbaum

Aug 12, 2020

New Jersey State House

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New Jersey may lose one of its seats in the House of Representatives if the number of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. are subtracted from the tally used for apportionment, according to a University of Virginia analysis. The Trump administration recently ordered undocumented immigrants not be counted in apportionment. A federal lawsuit is challenging the Trump memo, saying it violates the Fourteenth Amendment, which dictates apportionment is based on the “whole number of persons” living in each state. New Jersey would risk losing a House seat and an electoral vote for the fourth time in five decades if undocumented immigrants aren’t counted, according to the study. New Jersey 101.5

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