On Friday, the US Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit seeking to block President Donald Trump’s plan to exclude illegal immigrants in the United States from the population used to determine federal constituencies.
The decision (6-3) was taken for ideological reasons, in which six conservatives supported the position of the incumbent president, and three liberals rejected it. This gives Trump a short-term victory as he pursues a tough line on immigration in the final weeks of his presidency.
The judges left open the possibility of a new trial. The decision states that “the court resolution of this dispute is premature,” in part because it is unclear what the administration plans to do. The ruling noted that the Supreme Court did not assess the merits of the Trump plan.
The authors of the legal complaint, led by the state of New York and the American Civil Liberties Union, said Trump’s plan would weaken the political influence of states with a large number of illegal immigrants, including pro-democratic California.
“If the administration really tries to implement this policy, we will sue again. And we will win, ”said Dale Ho, an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer representing the complainant.