WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed the Trump administration to shut down the census count ahead of schedule, a move that could allow the Census Bureau to submit tabulations excluding unauthorized immigrants by the end of the year.
The court’s brief, unsigned order gave no reasons, which is typical when the court acts on emergency applications. Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented, saying that “the harms associated with an inaccurate census are avoidable and intolerable.”
First of all, the framing of this story stinks. It is not just about excluding unauthorized immigrants. They are the most impacted groups, but this is about undercounting cities in general where the work takes longer to complete.
Second, status does not matter when it comes to the census.
Third, people better wake up and realize what is happening. The Roberts court has been very clear on issues around voting rights and now this. They will do whatever is needed to maintain a conservative majority. Those who think he will be your savior because he wrote a nuanced opinion on the ACA need to understand that Roberts entire being is about protecting corporate rights and blocking people he does not like voting. If this election ends up at the Supreme Court, he will not be your friend.