Trump Rips Census Exclusion Claims As 'Speculative'

By Bill Wichert (August 20, 2020, 4:02 PM EDT) -- President Donald Trump has blasted as "speculative" the claims from states, cities and nonprofits that his push to exclude unauthorized immigrants from the 2020 census count would lead to reduced federal funding and lost congressional representation, saying it remains unknown whether his directive may even be carried out.

Calling the plaintiffs' alleged injuries "conjectural or hypothetical," the Trump administration on Wednesday urged a New York federal court to throw out consolidated suits challenging the president's July 21 memo to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross regarding the exclusion of unauthorized immigrants from the apportionment base following the census.

The plaintiffs' purported "apportionment injuries...

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