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Trump Administration Asks Supreme Court to Delay Census Trial

by Axios | Updated on 10.30.18

Solicitor General Noel Francisco asked the Supreme Court Monday to delay a Nov. 5 trial that will examine the legality of the Trump administration’s decision to add a controversial question about citizenship status to the 2020 census.

The backdrop: The request comes a week after the Supreme Court issued a ruling that temporarily blocks Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who heads the Census Bureau, from being questioned about his decision to include the question. However, the justices declined to halt the deposition for the acting head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, John Gore, and ordered that the administration hand over more documents related to the issue.

The latest: A Manhattan federal judge and an appeals court last week both declined the administration’s request to delay the trial. Now, the administration wants the high court to consider its request to permanently block a lower court ruling for Ross to face deposition. In arguing for a prompt resolution to the case, Francisco asked the Supreme Court to prevent testimony from Gore and the documents requested by the plaintiffs be used to in the case’s final ruling.

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  • burrkitty
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    10/30/2018
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    Nope. Get on with it and stop obstructing justice. It’s a procedure case. There is no valid reason to delay the courts in this way. It’s just a stalling tactic. They are terrified because they can’t win.

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  • Nick
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    I think this is interesting. Finding out how many people are here illegally is actually kind of important if we ever want to figure out policy that can help them become naturalized citizens. It just has to not be presented as an attack.

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  • Marylynn
    10/31/2018
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    Since when does the president have the right to stop a case from being heard, oh yeah, that's right when he made sure that he got his ass kissers on the Supreme Court, who will do anything he wants. This is yet another reason why Kavanaugh never should've been confirmed.

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  • Melody
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    I say get on with it too.

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  • Kodiwodi
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    Let’s move this along. The census is designed to count people. Not citizens and residents and non residents. Just people. Now if you want an inaccurate census just make up numbers and don’t bother with it at all. It will save us millions and be just as worthless as the one you get with the citizenship question and the question pertaining to sexuality.

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  • David
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    A question about citizenship would be a timely question to add to the current census. We hear the often-repeated number of illegals in the country at 11 million, but that was a number from 1996. Current estimates put the number closer to 30 million. Massive waves crossing our border in the last few years (and currently happening) could mean an even higher number. We need to get an updated status in order to determine a policy going forward.

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  • Tom
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    With the Horrible immigration laws we have in this country our country is full of non citizens. Representatives at state, loca, and national level are determined off census. Our Representatives SHOULD REPRESENT citizens of this country, not foreign nations, foreign citizens, but US citizens.

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  • John
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    Stop trying to skew the census to shortchange social programs. This is 45 and the Repugnacants continuing their war on the poor and the working classes. It feeds the xenophobic lies that 45 spews and the conspiracy theories of the Trumpanzees. Stop this Fascist Regime!

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  • Christopher
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    Again another attempt to subvert representation by this Administration.

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  • Robert
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    A stall tactic which means justice delayed is justice denied

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  • J
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    Delayed justice is no justice. Remove the damning question!

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  • Brian
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    There is no need to wait on a bigot like trump and the Republican Party = BIGOT

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  • Nancy
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    NOW YOU KNOW WHY TRUMP AND THE REPUBLICANS PUSHED GORCH AND KAVANAUGH THRU

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  • D.
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    This is a tactic used to reduce public opinion. Out of sight out of mind. Personally wether or not your a citizen, if you’ve lived her for at least 4 continuous years you should be given the right to vote. Your living , working, paying bills and taxes under the leadership of this country. You should have a say to wether or not you approve of how that leadership has affected your life.

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  • Joshua
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    Get on with it! They're trying to stall until it's too late to make changes.

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  • Beth
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    They should proceed without delay. There is no reason to delay except that their case has no merit. THE PURPOSE OF THE CENSUS IS TO COUNT PEOPLE NOT CITIZENS.

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  • Tinee
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    No reason to delay. The question never should have been included in the first place.

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  • Linda
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    The census trail must continue without delay. The citizenship question & same sex marriage question must NOT be on the census. The census is suppose to count everyone.With these questions added we will not get an accurate count. The census determine how much funding we get for our schools, hospitals, representation, etc. We must have accurate counts.

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  • Chris
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    Yes the citizenship question should be there.

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  • Rob
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    The census is intended to allow out government to develop programs to better serve geographic locations based on the total population and its make up. It is important to have accurate data in an effort to make fact-based decisions. Opposing this is akin to having a surgeon perform an operation without doing a diagnostic work up.

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