In July of 2020, the Trump Administration announced that it planned to take steps to exclude undocumented immigrants from being included in the 2020 census claiming that since they are undocumented, they are not entitled to representation in Congress. This action, if successful, could have a significant impact on areas with large immigrant populations and which tend to be Democratic. By excluding undocumented immigrants from being included in the census, these areas could potentially lose seats in Congress. Those in opposition to Trump’s action argued that the census is meant to count all persons without consideration of legal status.

While the Court rejected the opposition (championed by the state of New York and the ACLU) to Trump’s plan, it did leave the door open for future suits and did not address the merits of counting or not counting illegal immigrants in the census, but rather questioned the basic standing of the plan and whether or not it can actually be implemented if deemed legal. The decision followed the ideological lines of the Supreme Court 6-3.

A concern also is trying to rush the census results which were due on December 31, 2020. There are estimated to be at least 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, including those incarcerated and the “Dreamers”, who are technically without status. Trump previously lost his bid to have a citizenship question placed on the 2020 census form.

If you are seeking any immigration help at all, please call us at our national toll-free free number 877.583.7080, and we will schedule a confidential consultation via WhatsApp, Skype, Telephone, or Zoom. In addition to English such consultations can be in Albanian, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, and Spanish. (Although we do hold in-person consultations, when necessary, in our Clifton, New Jersey and Aventura, Florida offices. Due to COVID-19 concerns, we discourage such consultations for your safety as well as for the safety of our attorneys and staff.)

**Cella & Associates will not prosecute cases which we know, or have reason to believe, are fraudulent or frivolous.**

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