Another day, another court ruling that goes against President Donald Trump and the American people.
The Trump administration has agreed to pay $846,000 to the state of California to cover costs of California’s lawsuit about adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.
California sued the administration earlier in the year over the plan to add a citizenship question, saying that it would under-represent minorities in the state and could cost it billions in funding.
As noted by Fox News, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that the administration didn’t make its reasons for adding the question clear, but timing did not allow the administration to clarify its reasoning in time for the Census to proceed as planned.
In the 5-4 ruling, Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the Supreme Court’s four liberal Justices and rejected a case from the Trump administration seeking to include the citizenship question on the 2020 census.
Trump later blasted the court’s ruling in a Twitter message.
“Seems totally ridiculous that our government, and indeed Country, cannot ask a basic question of Citizenship in a very expensive, detailed and important Census, in this case for 2020,” the president wrote. “I have asked the lawyers if they can delay the Census, no matter how long, until the … United States Supreme Court is given additional information from which it can make a final and decisive decision on this very critical matter.”
The Trump administration ended up dropping the idea of a citizenship question for 2020, although it could still decide to include one for the next census.
The president signed an executive order that directed agencies to provide all the citizenship data allowed by law to the Commerce Department.
The Trump administration attempting to add the citizenship question is a big deal, especially since Obama is the one that removed it shortly after he took office.
In 1911, the number of U.S. House of Representative seats was permanently set at 435, where all 50 states have at least one Representative to speak on their behalf.
Other Representatives are allocated based on population figures determined by the U.S. Census every ten years.
By including the question on whether an immigrant is in the U.S. legally or illegally, federal immigration authorities will be able to have updated data on how many illegal immigrants are in the U.S.
And given that a portion of immigrants likely won’t answer the citizenship question, states like California — who harbor illegal immigrants — may lose some federal funding for programs that assist immigrants.
If states report fewer immigrants, it could harm federal grants and funding they receive.
Democrats believe asking people to verify if they are authorized to be in the U.S. is unconstitutional and against federal law.
Liberals are upset because it will help federal immigration officials deport more illegal aliens and slash federal funding to states that shield illegal immigrants.