Apportionment Resources: Legal

Analysis: AG files long-shot challenge of census
November 21, 2011

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is trying to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn census procedures in place for years, which could reshuffle congressional representation around the country. It’s a long-shot at best.

His lawsuit says the 2010 census included counts of illegal immigrants, holders of guest worker visas and people on student visas. The lawsuit claims that approach improperly skews the congressional reapportionment and gives states with large numbers of illegal immigrants additional congressional seats, while taking seats from states with low numbers of illegal immigrants.

“Louisiana’s complaint simply asks the Court to require the federal government to recalculate the 2010 apportionment of U.S. House of Representative seats based on legal residents — just as the Constitution requires,” Caldwell said in a statement.

La. Seeks to Ban Illegal Immigrants from Census count in Suit Filed with Supreme Court
Debra Cassens Weiss | ABAJournal
November 15, 2011
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell needs to take a look at a 2010 Census form. He said the needed information is already in the 2010 census results and a new tally would not be needed. Funny. I don’t recall the 2010 Census including a citizenship/permanent resident question (or legal status) since he mentions ‘illegal foreign nationals.’
November 15, 2011
“The Constitutionality of Excluding Aliens from the Census: Apportionment and Redistricting”
Margaret Mikyung Lee and Erika K. Lunder | Congressional Research Service
January 20, 2010

“Apportionment and the 14th Amendment”
[author(s) unknown; website is good cache of anti-immigrant, anchor baby point of view resources]

Clemons et al v U.S. Department of Commerce,
September 17, 2009

“Summary of Supreme Court Cases Relevant to the Census”
Ren Farley | Population Studies Center
June 2009

Imputation, Apportionment, and Statistical Methods in the U.S. Census: Issues Surrounding Utah v. Evans
Patrick J. Cantwell, Howard Hogan and Kathleen M. Styles | Census Bureau
March 7, 2005

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