On Monday, Supreme Court justices will review President Donald Trump's decision to exclude illegal immigrants from the total population used to allocate congressional districts to states, an aspect of his tough immigration stance. His final weeks in office.
The court, which has a conservative 6-3 majority, including three Trump-appointed judges, is set to hear an 80-minute oral argument by telephone. Judges adjudicate the case on an expedited schedule, with the judgment delivered before the end of the year. This will make it difficult for Democratic President-elect Joe Biden, who will take office on Jan.20, to review Trump's plan if it is adhered to.
Competitors to Trump's July directive include several states, cities, counties, and immigrant rights groups led by New York. They argued that the Republican president’s move could leave several million people untold and cause California, Texas, and New Jersey to lose seats in the US House of Representatives.
Residential districts are based on the state's population in the decennial national census.
30 November 2020