BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) will present oral argument on Friday in favor of dismissing a federal lawsuit filed by the State of Alabama.  The suit seeks to require the Census Bureau to exclude undocumented immigrants from the 2020 Census data used for reapportionment.  MALDEF will argue in favor of a motion to dismiss the lawsuit on the basis that Alabama lacks standing to sue the Department of Commerce for the remedy it seeks.


 Oral Argument, State of Alabama v. United States Department of Commerce         


Thomas A. Saenz, president and general counsel, MALDEF


 Friday, May 24, 9:00 a.m. Central Time


U.S. District Judge R. David Proctor

Hugo L. Black U.S. Courthouse, 1729 Fifth Avenue North, Birmingham, Alabama

Background: Alabama sued the federal government last year seeking to define undocumented immigrants as non-persons under the U.S. Constitution who cannot be included in the decennial count. In December, MALDEF successfully intervened on behalf of individuals in Arizona, California, Florida and Texas who stand to lose political representation.

Read the order setting the hearing HERE.

Read MALDEF’s brief HERE.