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  • Writer's pictureD. Brit

Supreme Court Dismisses Challenge to Trump Census Plan

What Happened:

  • On Friday, the Supreme Court dismissed a challenge to President Trump's plan to exclude illegal immigrants from the census population count. The count is used to determine the number of seats a state receives in the House of Representatives.

  • The court said it was too early to rule on the legality of Trump's plan as they are not sure how many people would be excluded and whether that would ultimately impact the number of House seats or not.

  • In an unsigned opinion, the court stated "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."

  • It is likely the final census numbers will only be available after Jan. 20 when Trump is no longer in office, at which point the case may be revisited.

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