The U.S. Supreme Court dodged a ruling on whether President Trump can exclude undocumented immigrants from a key census count. The opinion said the case was “riddled with contingencies and speculation that impede judicial review.”
“At the end of the day, the standing and ripeness inquiries both lead to the conclusion that judicial resolution of this” case is “premature,” the justices wrote.
The decision leaves open the possibility for Trump to try to remove some undocumented immigrants from the key census count, but immigrant rights advocates warned Friday that they would sue.
BREAKING: In 6-3 vote, Supreme Court says effort to block Pres. Trump from excluding undocumented immigrants from a key Census count was “premature.” https://t.co/GAt2DpBCQ9
— ABC News (@ABC) December 18, 2020
BREAKING: Supreme Court punts in census case and declines to issue definitive ruling on Trump’s plan to exclude unauthorized immigrants from the population count used to re-apportion U.S. House seats.https://t.co/IFOMW7doHT
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) December 18, 2020
BREAKING: The Supreme Court just ruled that our lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s plan to exclude undocumented immigrants from the census was premature.
This fight isn’t over. If this policy is actually implemented, we’ll see them right back in court.
— ACLU (@ACLU) December 18, 2020
All the Supreme Court has done on the census case is say, “It’s not time yet.”
When the numbers come in, and if the president tries to do this (report only citizens and not all “persons” as the Constitution says), the case can come back. (And, I believe, will be struck down).
— Elie Honig (@eliehonig) December 18, 2020
Supreme Court puts off census decision, saying it lacks jurisdiction. Breyer, Kagan, Sotomayor dissent. This is NOT a decision blessing anything Trump does (explicitly says “we express no view on the merits”). Oral argument suggested widespread skepticism of Trump’s machinations
— Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) December 18, 2020