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June 6, 2019
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Alabama Attorney General
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Denial of Federal
Government Motion to Dismiss Alabama’s Census Lawsuit
Federal Court Ruling Allows Alabama’s Census Lawsuit to Proceed
(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Steve Marshall welcomed a federal district
court ruling late Wednesday allowing the State of Alabama to proceed with its lawsuit
against the U.S. Census Bureau, Department of Commerce, and related officials.
“I am grateful that the U.S. District Court has agreed with us and denied the federal
government’s motion to dismiss our census lawsuit,” said Attorney General Marshall.
“Alabama will continue to make its case that the Constitution and federal law require
that each state’s share of federal political power in Congress be apportioned based on
the number of people who are lawfully present in the United States and that illegal
aliens must not be included in that calculation.”
In a June 5, 2019, ruling, Judge R. David Proctor of the U.S. District Court for the
Northern District of Alabama held that the plaintiffs, the State of Alabama and U.S.
Representative Mo Brooks, have adequately alleged that they will be harmed by the
inclusion of illegal aliens in the census.
On May 21, 2018, Attorney General Marshall and U.S. Rep. Brooks filed a lawsuit
against the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Census Bureau arguing against the
inclusion of illegal aliens in the final census count for purposes of determining
Congressional apportionment because this will likely cost Alabama a Congressional
seat and an Electoral College vote.
The federal district court’s decision this week means that Alabama’s lawsuit will
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