In a major defeat for Democrat activists, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday to end a motion challenging the Trump administration’s efforts to block illegal immigrants from being counted in the United States census.
Fox News reported:
An unsigned opinion from the majority of the court concluded that it would be premature to issue a ruling because it is uncertain how the administration will eventually implement the directive to not count illegal immigrants from a memo President Trump signed in July.
Democrats erupted in rage after President Trump announced that he would move to block the counting of illegal immigrants in the 2020 census. The tacit hope was that counting non-citizens would give Democrats an edge in redistricting, but President Trump has ended that hope.
The conservative majority wrote in their rejection of the challenge to Trump’s ruling that:
We express no view on the merits of the constitutional and related statutory claims presented. We hold only that they are not suitable for adjudication at this time. At present, this case is riddled with contingencies and speculation that impede judicial review.
The liberal justices publically decried the decision, complaining that “The plain meaning of the governing statutes, decades of historical practice, and uniform interpretations from all three branches of Government demonstrate that aliens without lawful status cannot be excluded from the decennial census solely on account of that status.”
“The Government’s effort to remove them from the apportionment base is unlawful, and I believe this Court should say so,” wrote liberal Justice Stephen Breyer.