On Thursday, the Supreme Court handed down a crucial decision on the census, preventing the Trump administration from adding a question about citizenship.
The 5-4 decision upheld an earlier ruling from the Southern District of New York that found the administration’s decision to add citizenship to the census was an “arbitrary and capricious” violation of U.S. law.
The administration’s justification was to enforce the Voting Rights Act — but New York judge Jesse Furman ruled that this was an “after-the-fact rationalization,” Vox noted in an explainer.
On Fox News Thursday, legal analyst Andrew Napolitano explained why the decision deals a massive blow to Trump.
“I must tell you, at first blush, just skimming through this, this is a significant defeat for the Trump administration and for the president personally who of course wanted this question on there and I think had understandable reasons for wanting it on there,” Napolitano said.
Napolitano explained that by relegating the decision to lower courts, the Supreme Court all but ensured that immigration status question would not be on the 2020 census.
“One of the reasons it won’t be on is that there is a companion case in Maryland, and in that case the judge has decided to scrutinize the information in the hard drive of the political operative who came up with this idea stated differently. All these allegations about the racial bias in support of the census question will now be litigated not by one, but by two federal courts and the question, it appears, will not be on the census for 2020.”
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As unrest spread across dozens of American cities on Friday, the Pentagon took the rare step of ordering the Army to put several active-duty U.S. military police units on the ready to deploy to Minneapolis, where the police killing of George Floyd sparked the widespread protests," the AP reported.
"Soldiers from Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Drum in New York have been ordered to be ready to deploy within four hours if called, according to three people with direct knowledge of the orders. Soldiers in Fort Carson, in Colorado, and Fort Riley in Kansas have been told to be ready within 24 hours. The people did not want their names used because they were not authorized to discuss the preparations," the AP explained.
John Roberts joins liberals as Supreme Court rejects challenge to Newsom’s COVID-19 limits on California church attendance
In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court on Friday rejected an emergency appeal from the South Bay United Pentecostal Church in Chula Vista, California. The San Diego area church tried to challenge the state's limits on attendance at worship services:
The church argued that limits on how many people can attend their services violate constitutional guarantees of religious freedom and had been seeking an order in time for services on Sunday. The church said it has crowds of 200 to 300 people for its services.