Immigrant rights groups sued the Trump administration Friday over the president’s plan to collect citizenship data through federal agencies, which will then share that information to states, arguing the move is unlawful and discriminatory.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Maryland, asks the judge to block President Trump’s executive order issued in July.
The groups say the data is going to disadvantage minorities and non-citizens when lawmakers draw new congressional district maps. They charge the move is motivated by racial animus, upending federal law and violating constitutional rights.
“Voters will be denied their constitutionally guaranteed rights to equitable political representation based on actual population,” read the complaint.