The Supreme Court has given President Trump a much-needed victory by throwing out a legal challenge to Trump’s exclusion of illegal immigrants from congressional apportionment.
A 6-3 margin threw out the case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union. The case sought to have illegal immigrants counted when determining congressional representation, which would obviously take representation from citizens.
The opinion issued by the majority said, “At the end of the day, the standing and ripeness inquiries both lead to the conclusion that judicial resolution of this dispute is premature. Consistent with our determination that standing has not been shown and that the case is not ripe, we express no view on the merits of the constitutional and related statutory claims presented. We hold only that they are not suitable for adjudication at this time.”
Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan all dissented from the majority opinion as expected, considering their very liberal views.
Justice Breyer wrote in the dissenting opinion that, “Because I believe plaintiffs’ claims are justiciable, ripe for review, and meritorious, I would affirm the lower court’s holding. I respectfully dissent.”
Should the millions of illegal aliens be included in the congressional apportionment, it would create serious changes in several states’ representation. This is a big victory for President Trump and will be key to holding back Democrats seeking to use the population of illegal aliens to gain political power.
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