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Supreme Court Rejects Louisiana Bid to File Original Complaint Challenging Census Count

Posted Mar 19, 2012 10:20 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The state of Louisiana’s bid to file a lawsuit over the counting of illegal immigrants in the 2010 Census has been turned aside by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Today, the justices rejected the state’s request to file an original complaint in the case, according to SCOTUSblog and the Associated Press. The state had lost a seat in the U.S. House of representatives after the Census count, while states such as California, Florida and Texas gained seats.

Louisiana had claimed the Census should not have included illegal foreign nationals in each state’s population count, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported in November. The case is Louisiana v. Bryson.

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