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Brooks Joint Plaintiff in Lawsuit Challenging 2020 Census Discrimination

May 22, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC— Tuesday morning, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) announced he and the State of Alabama jointly filed a lawsuit Monday afternoon in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. Led by Attorney General Steve Marshall, the lawsuit challenges the U.S. Bureau of the Census’ practice of counting illegal aliens in the decennial census.

Congressman Brooks said, “Each decade, 435 Congressional seats are apportioned among the states based on population. Congressional seats should be apportioned based on the population of American citizens, not illegal aliens. After all, this is America, not the United Nations. There are roughly fifteen million illegal aliens in America (no one knows for sure the exact number). Roughly fifteen million illegal aliens equals roughly 20 Congressional seats taken from low-illegal alien population states and given to high-illegal alien population states like California. As of today, Alabama likely loses a Congressional seat after the 2020 census if apportionment includes illegal alien counts. The loss of an Alabama Congressional seat will be a huge loss in Alabama’s political influence and will diminish Alabama’s influence in Congress and its importance in presidential elections.”

Brooks continued, “I support the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution and, as such, I join the State of Alabama in seeking to protect the equal protection rights of American citizens by stopping the distribution of Congressional seats based on illegal alien counts. This lawsuit will have significant and enduring effects on Alabama and other states harmed by unconstitutional census methods. Fundamentally, the issue is fair and equal representation for United States citizens. While some stand for illegal aliens, I stand for American citizens.”

“If the U.S. Census Bureau follows through with its plan to include illegal aliens in the 2020 census for purposes of apportionment, Alabama will lose both a seat in the U.S. House of Representative and a vote in the Electoral College,” said Attorney General Marshall.  “Alabama’s loss will be another state’s gain, as states with a growing illegal alien population will be the beneficiary of this reapportionment.  I have joined with Congressman Mo Brooks in filing suit against the federal government to stop the inclusion of illegal aliens in the census’s apportionment population. The Constitution does not permit the dilution of our legal residents’ right to equal representation in this manner.”

Click HERE to view the lawsuit.

Click HERE for video of Congressman Brooks’ House floor speech making the announcement.