I guess we’ll find out in June. Heaven knows why it takes a month and a half to deliberate. Aren’t these 9 Justices supposed to know the Constitution back to front? And I take a bit of umbrage to calling them supreme Court “conservatives,” as if it’s just another political appointment.
from the Washington Examiner:
Supreme Court conservatives appear poised to support Trump administration in census dispute
An ideologically divided Supreme Court on Tuesday seemed likely to back the Trump administration’s efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
For roughly 80 minutes, the justices heard arguments in a challenge to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s decision to include a question about citizenship on the census form, which lower court judges have found to be a violation of federal law and the Constitution.
But the court’s five conservative justices appeared poised to allow the question to remain on the census and seemed sympathetic to the Trump administration’s argument that a citizenship question was needed to bolster enforcement of the Voting Rights Act
By contrast, the arguments at times turned tense as the more liberal justices pressed Solicitor General Noel Francisco about concerns that including a citizenship question could depress responses from Hispanics and noncitizens in particular.
Critics of the move by Ross argued his decision violated the Administrative Procedure Act and the Constitution’s Enumeration Clause and warned that the question would cause a population undercount that disproportionately harms communities with large immigrant populations.
Additionally, because census data is also used to allocate U.S. House seats and billions of dollars in federal aid, an undercount could also cause states to lose seats in Congress and cost them federal dollars, they warned.
On Tuesday, President Trump’s two nominees to the high court, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, at separate times noted that the United Nations has suggested countries include a citizenship question on a census and listed numerous nations that do already, including Australia, Canada, France, and Germany.
The two also stressed that a question about citizenship has in some form been asked of a segment of the population on all but one questionnaire since 1820.