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Trump Is Trying (Again) To Prevent Immigrants Without Legal Status From Counting Politically

President Trump departs a July 2019 press conference on the census with U.S. Attorney General William Barr (center) and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in the White House Rose Garden. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Just over a year ago, the Trump administration backed down in its failed attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

Last July, President Donald Trump issued an executive order to use government records, including from state DMVs and federal agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security , to produce anonymized citizenship data that could be used to redraw voting districts in a way that, a GOP strategist concluded, would politically benefit Republicans and non-Hispanic white people.

Today, the president is expected to sign a memorandum that once again seeks to exclude immigrants in the U.S. without legal permission from the constitutionally mandated count of every person living in the country. The action, according to a White House official who spoke to NPR on background, "will clarify that illegal aliens are not to be included for the purpose of apportionment of Representatives following the 2020 Census."

The move by the president, who does not have final authority over the census, is likely to spur legal challenges.

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