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Supreme Court Will Review Trump’s Undocumented Census Exclusion

Trump is aiming to exclude undocumented immigrants from counting toward federal funding and congressional seats

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The Supreme Court announced Friday it will examine Trump’s proposal to ignore undocumented immigrants when appointing congressional seats throughout the U.S. This could affect political power and billions of dollars in federal funds, pulling them away from urban states with large immigration populations and moving them toward rural and Republican interests. A three-judge panel in New York said Trump’s statement on July 21 about the plan was “an unlawful exercise of the authority granted to him” by Congress. In the statement, Trump disclosed he felt that some states would be receiving more congressional seats than they deserve. The Washington Post

Homeland Security Pushing Visa Regulation Changes Without Review

The Trump administration is hoping to cement its legacy by pushing regulations it hopes will be in place before Jan. 20 in case Trump loses the election. The Department of Homeland Security is pushing to adopt a rule that will allow it to collect more extensive biometric data from individuals applying for citizenship, including voice, iris, and facial recognition scans. It will also allow for the collection of DNA tests to verify the relationship between an application for citizenship and someone already in the U.S. Another rule would require three years’ worth of credit reports and credit scores from people hoping to sponsor family members to come to the U.S. These regulation changes are moving forward with an unusually short 30-day comment period. The New York Times

Trump Touts Tough-On-Immigration Record Ahead of Election

Trump is touting his tough-on-immigration agenda on the campaign trail and using DHS to boost his message. ICE erected a billboard campaign in Pennsylvania picturing immigrants who were previously arrested or convicted of crimes, and Trump recently touted ICE raids of sanctuary cities. “These billboards are important because we can no longer stand idly by while the public is being misled about the role ICE plays in keeping the public safe,” Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said Friday at a news conference about the ICE arrests. CNN

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