Immigrants Have Always Played a Key Role in the U.S. Political Process. The Latest Ruling on Trump’s Census Plan Is Part of That History

How many states have, at some point in their history, allowed noncitizens to vote? Take a moment. Guess the answer. Now guess higher.

The answer is 38. Nearly 80% of states at one time extended voting rights to immigrants, without regard to whether they eventually became citizens or not.

Today, the number of states who allow noncitizens to vote is zero. But on Thursday, a three-judge panel unanimously rejected President Trump’s latest attempt to exclude noncitizens from the United States…

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