High court turns down Louisiana bid on Census

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned down Louisiana's bid to recover the congressional seat taken from the state as a result of the 2010 Census.

The court did not comment on its order preventing the state from pursuing a lawsuit that claims the Census unfairly included undocumented immigrants in each state's population count.

Louisiana said California, Florida, Texas and other states with large populations of undocumented immigrants gained seats in the House of Representatives at the expense of Louisiana and a handful of other states. Louisiana went from seven to six seats in the House based on the Census.

The lawsuit, filed by Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, asked the court to order the federal government to re-calculate House seats based only on legal residents.

Caldwell issued a statement saying he was disappointed in the Supreme Court's ruling, arguing the Census procedure "dilutes the rights of American citizens."

"By turning a blind eye to the issue presented, the court has elevated the benefits of illegal immigration by foreign nationals to another level," he said.

The way Louisiana's new plan was drawn, U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette, and U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry, R-New Iberia, have been thrown into the same district. Congressional elections under the new plan will be held this fall.

The case was Louisiana v. Bryson, 140, Orig.