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The Supreme Court has dismissed a challenge to President Trump’s controversial census policy.
According to The Washington Free Beacon:
The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a challenge to President Trump’s bid to exclude illegal immigrants from the population baseline for awarding House seats, saying the challenge was premature.
In an unsigned opinion, the High Court said a final decision should be put off given ongoing uncertainty over the scope and effect of Trump’s policy. A July memorandum from the president ordered commerce secretary Wilbur Ross to exclude illegal immigrants from the reapportionment baseline, which is derived from the decennial census. Blue states and civil-rights groups challenged the order on several grounds, but the Court said there was not enough information to evaluate any of them.
The ruling could tee up a chaotic redistricting process, depending on the reach of Trump’s directive. The states will begin to redraw their legislative lines soon after Congress receives an allocation of House seats from the White House. Ongoing legal fights over the exclusion of non-citizens could complicate redistricting in states such as California, Texas, and Florida, which together have over 100 seats in the House.
Just how many undocumented immigrants the order will reach is not clear. Without a clear scope, it’s too early to tell how the order will affect states with high populations of non-citizens, the High Court said, which undercuts the basis for a legal challenge.
Trump v. New York decision by Washington Free Beacon
The Trump administration is arguing that “the whole number of persons in each state” edict from the constitution refers to only inhabitants and those here illegally are not inhabitants.