Elder Patriot – The 85-year-old Ginsburg reportedly attended the Supreme Court’s justices’ Friday closed-door conference at which they’re weighing whether to add new cases and finalizing opinions in cases argued in the fall.
The Hill reported that, while America had focused its attention on the Rose Garden this morning to hear President Trump declare a nation emergency over the crisis at our southern border, Justice Ginsburg had slipped in and out the Supreme Court without being seen:
The Supreme Court’s Public Information Office told The Hill that Ginsburg was attending the regular closed-door meeting in which the justices consider requests to review cases. Ginsburg has been absent from the court since undergoing surgery in late December to remove two cancerous nodules from her lower left lung.
You’d think a picture of the high court’s grand dame’s return would have been of interest to a press starved for content that might silence all of the “conspiracy theorists.”.
Instead, we were treated to a stream of file photos from the past by th. Likely the picture would do damage to RBG’s health narrative than the printed story, itself.
Regardless, the more important development was the Justices’ decision to bypass a regional appeals court and review a lower court’s decision to block administration officials from adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 census.
Trump administration are attempting to have the citizenship question reinstated in the attempt to better enforce the Voting Rights Act.
According to the Department of Commerce, where the request originated from,
“Having citizenship data at the census block level will permit more effective enforcement of the VRA, and Secretary [Wilbur] Ross determined that obtaining complete and accurate information to meet this legitimate government purpose outweighed the limited potential adverse impacts.”
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, have argued the question would be illegal and “an extraordinary attempt by the Trump administration to hijack the 2020 census for political purposes.”
However, in making the request, the Commerce Department cites historical precedent for inclusion of the question:
Between 1820 and 1950, almost every decennial census asked a question on citizenship in some form.
California and other sanctuary states have for too long benefited from counting illegal aliens when compiling their states’ populations for federal allocations of resources and electoral power as overlaying the two maps below show:
Constitutional law expert, Hans von Spakovsky believes the Supreme Court will give the Trump administration the green light to proceed:
As for constitutionality, Art. I, Sec. 2, Cl. 3 gives the power to conduct the “enumeration,” or census, to Congress, not the states. Congress has delegated the power to “determine the inquiries” on the census “questionnaires” to the Secretary of the Department of Commerce and the states have no say over those questions. The claim that asking a citizenship question — which has been done consistently for 200 years either in the decennial census or other surveys — is unconstitutional is without merit.
The question that opponents of restoring this common sense inquiry should be made to answer is why shouldn’t the American people expect that their government will do everything in its power to get as accurate a picture as possible of the American body politic as possible?