It seems that leftists in the United States are looking to do whatever they can to undermine the Donald Trump administration, no matter how small or insignificant or senseless it may be. Now, they’ve even decided to fight over, and litigate, the decision by the Trump administration to add a question concerning citizenship to the 2020 census.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, earlier today, rejected a request from the Department of Justice to temporarily block an order requiring two Trump administration officials to sit for depositions concerning the question’s addition to the census.
The basis for her decision seemed to be extremely questionable, as well. The liberal SCOTUS member said ‘no,’ demanded that a Trump cabinet member must testify, and offered little reason to explain her choice, other than perhaps sour grapes over the pending confirmation of a reliable constitutionalist to the court.
The Department of Justice had asked the United States Supreme Court, as well as the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, to temporarily ‘quash’ an order that required Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and another official to sit for a deposition.
Justice Ginsburg decided that she would allow the Second Circuit Court of Appeals to hear that request first.
The SCOTUS public information office said that the application was denied, without prejudice (meaning it can be brought forward again) on the assumption that the Appeals court would provide the administration officials with sufficient time to have their cases heard before October 11, when their depositions were to be taken.
However, the Second Circuit Court has not yet made a ruling, and if they don’t provide one on the day of the hearing, or the day after, there would be little to no time for the Supreme Court to hear the case, let alone act.
Solicitor General Noel Francisco, the other of the two administration members, pointed out as much in his appeal to the highest court in the land.
The ruling that these cases are attempting to appeal came from a U.S. District Court in New York, in response to two lawsuits that have been challenging the ‘citizenship’ question on the 2020 census.
Both lawsuits have claimed that the placement of a citizenship question on the United States Census would deter immigrants, specifically illegal immigrants, from participating.
According to the claimants, this would likely decrease federal funding for to historically democrat-leaning states, and could even decrease their representation.
In other words, these suits have both been brought forward in order to make sure that left-leaning areas don’t lose representation due to illegal immigrants being removed from their population statistics. Interestingly, this is eactly what southern democrats argued at the creation of the United States. They wanted their ‘non-citizens’ to count for federal aid and voting as well.
Dale Ho, an attorney who works with the American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing a number of ‘immigrants’ rights groups’ challenging the rule in the courts, mocked the Donald J. Trump administration on Twitter, when he said that he was “not tired of winning yet.”
Although the ACLU has long suggested that it was nonpartisan, and has, indeed, acted that way in the past, many have recently questioned whether or not it is little better than an arm of the Democrat Party at this point.
The $1 million advertisements that they produced, which denigrated and besmirched the reputation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on the basis of entirely unproven allegations with no corroborating evidence, certainly seemed like a partisan declaration for the organization.
It likely didn’t help when the organization began to distance itself from its ‘free speech’ history, where the legal group has represented communists, neo-Nazis, and everyone in-between, after it faced criticism from leftists.
The Department of Justice declined to release a comment on the rulings.
However, it seems that Ginsburg, who has long been accused of being one of the most nakedly partisan Supreme Court justices (not surprising, given her background in marrying gay couples, but then refusing to recuse herself during the SCOTUS case concerning it), might have been taking a shot at the Trump administration with her ruling, as she likely knows that the Second Court, which leads to the left with 14 left-leaning judges and eight right-leaning, will likely reject their appeals.
Solicitor Francisco is likely correct, and there probably wouldn’t be time for the Supreme Court to consider the motion. It would likely take more than a day or two for the hearing to even get on the docket, let alone for the judges to be made aware of the circumstances.
Tomorrow, the United States Senate will finally vote on the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh. It doesn’t seem unlikely to expect that Ginsburg’s seat will be the next vacant one that needs to be filled.