President Seeks Ruling on Census Exclusions

He is looking for authority to exclude illegal immigrants from official count.

There remain only days for Americans to complete their census questionnaire and send it in. The count is crucial in determining the allocation of congressional seats and federal dollars for each individual state.

President Trump’s administration has asked the Supreme Court to allow the exclusion of illegal immigrants from that census count. Last year, the Supreme Court denied the administration’s effort to include a citizenship question on the census. More recently, a three-judge panel on the appeals court ruled that Congress had not given the president authority for excluding illegal immigrants.

The president issued a memorandum in July setting out his plan to exclude illegal immigrants, but immigrant advocacy groups said the president was endeavoring to manipulate the count, which would change the apportionment of congressional seats in areas with high immigrant populations.

Acting U.S. Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall asked the Supreme Court to expedite handling the case and potentially to hear arguments in late November or early December.

Federal law requires the administration to send the census tally to Congress by January 10.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the members of the Supreme Court as they determine whether to move on the president’s census exclusion appeal.
  • That the intention to include illegal immigrants in the census so that they might be represented in Congress would be appropriately decided.
  • For God to give judges wisdom as they rule on the constitutionality of cases. 

Sources: The Hill, Newsmax


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