According to CNN, the Supreme Court has blocked a citizenship question from being added to the 2020 census for the time being in a major setback for the Trump administration. Writing for a 5-4 majority, Chief Justice John Roberts concluded that there was sufficient reason for concern about why the Commerce Department wanted to add the question. Roberts had the support of the four liberal justices.
The Court’s justices also issued rulings on two cases with both of them dealing with partisan politics with the Chief Justice siding with conservative judges on a decision that allowed some partisan gerrymandering and then sided with the liberal judges on the census case. He wrote the following:
“If judicial review is to be more than an empty ritual, it must demand something better than the explanation offered for the action taken in this case.’’
The Trump administration told the court that the questionnaire needed to be printed by the end of this month as president Trump used Twitter to make a couple of statements on the subject.
“Seems totally ridiculous that our government, and indeed Country, cannot ask a basic question of Citizenship in a very expensive, detailed and important Census, in this case for 2020. I have asked the lawyers if they can delay the Census, no matter how long until the United States Supreme Court is given additional information from which it can make a final and decisive decision on this very critical matter. Can anyone really believe that as a great Country, we are not able to ask whether or not someone is a Citizen. Only in America,’’ wrote Trump.