A three-judge panel has ruled that President Trump executive order excluding illegal immigrants from being counted for purposes of redistricting violates the law.
According to NBC News:
The “President must act in accordance with, and within the boundaries of, the authority that Congress has granted,” and “we conclude the President did not do so here,” the three-judge panel in New York wrote. The judges signed an injunction blocking the order from being implemented.
New York Attorney General Letitia James, who led a coalition of 21 states and 15 cities and counties in challenging the president’s July order, hailed the 86-page ruling.
“President Trump’s repeated attempts to hinder, impair, and prejudice an accurate census and the subsequent apportionment have failed once again,” James said in a statement.
“We urge everyone to fill out the census, if they have not already, and we will continue to take every legal action available to ensure all communities are counted,” she added.
James argued that it violated the 14th Amendment of the Constitution and the federal judges agreed.