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Sun Sep 15, 2019, 02:57 PM

Latinx Advocacy Groups Sue To Block Citizenship Data Release By Trump Officials

Source: NPR

Latinx Advocacy Groups Sue To Block Citizenship Data Release By Trump Officials

September 13, 2019 5:45 PM ET
Heard on All Things Considered
HANSI LO WANG

Updated at 5:58 p.m. ET

Latinx community groups based in Texas and Arizona are suing to block the Trump administration from collecting government records for the production of data concerning the U.S. citizenship status of every person living in the country.

The lawsuit marks the first legal challenge in response to Trump's July executive order about citizenship data, extending a legal fight that began with the administration's push for the now-blocked citizenship question.

A major GOP strategist had concluded that information which the Census Bureau has been directed to produce by using citizenship records from other federal agencies and state governments could be used by state redistricting officials after the 2020 census to redraw voting districts that are "advantageous to Republicans and Non-Hispanic Whites."

In a court filing obtained Friday by NPR, attorneys with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC outline allegations that are similar to their earlier lawsuit against the addition of the citizenship question.

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Read more: https://www.npr.org/2019/09/13/760356414/latinx-advocacy-groups-sue-to-block-citizenship-data-release-by-trump-officials

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