SCOTUS Takes on Census Citizenship Question – Conservative Majority Signals Support For Trump Administration
The Supreme Court’s conservative majority appears to be taking President Trump’s side on his administration’s plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
Liberals went berserk after Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross announced last year that the 2020 census will include a question on citizenship.
As expected, the Democrats and several ultra liberal advocacy groups aren’t taking this imminent victory for the President well.
The anti-American ACLU argued that the citizenship census question will cause immigrants to “freak out” and will deter at least 6.5 million people from responding to the census.
Conservative justices signaled their support for Trump’s administration on Tuesday during arguments, claiming the citizenship question would be totally reasonable.
Among the conservative justices signaling support for the administration’s stance were Trump’s two appointees, Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, and Chief Justice John Roberts, reported Reuters.
One of the most important things President Trump has done since he was elected is appoint two conservative SCOTUS justices which now leaves the court at a 5-4 conservative majority.
The liberals fear the citizenship question would cost Democrat strongholds electoral representation in Congress and federal aide and benefit Republican-leaning areas.
Of course the Democrats don’t want the citizenship question on the census because it gives illegal aliens representation in Congress — illegal aliens don’t even have to be given voting rights, as long as they are counted as citizens, they are given a US Representative who fights for their interests over the interests of taxpaying Americans — this is precisely why the Democrats are fighting like hell to stop the Trump admin from adding this question to the census.
The census is taken every 10 years and is used to allot seats to the US House of Representatives in addition to distributing almost $1 trillion in federal funds.
Reuters reported that during the 80 minutes of arguments Tuesday, Roberts said that citizenship data is critical for enforcing the Voting Rights Act and said it was “quite common” for the census to capture demographic details.
Kavanaugh said it is a “very common question” internationally, and that federal law gives Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, whose department includes the Census Bureau, “huge discretion” in how the survey is conducted, reported Reuters.
Liberal justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor argued that the citizenship question would undercount the population — they seem upset that illegals won’t be able to siphon money and resources.
It is unclear when the Supreme Court will issue a final ruling on the citizenship census question, however, they are under somewhat of a time crunch.
The Commerce Department will start printing up census documents in June which is the same month that the Supreme Court generally issues its biggest decisions.