Alabama filed a lawsuit last year challenging the practice of including all people in the census regardless of status, seeking to make the routine practice illegal. The district judge allowed other parties to intervene in the lawsuit, fearing that the federal government will not wholeheartedly defend it. 15 states and multiple major cities argued in a court filing on Monday that the Constitution requires an actual count of the population, regardless of immigration status.The states included are New York, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington, along with several cities and counties. Politically, the census could matter to Alabama; the state has said it could lose a congressional seat as a result of the upcoming census if undocumented people are included. 

– Weekly Immigration Briefing by Olivia Hester, Immigration Law Analyst at Docketwise

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