Biden says he hopes Supreme Court rejects Trump bid on 2020 census count

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday said he hopes the U. S. Supreme Court rejects a plan by President Donald Trump’s administration to exclude immigrants living illegally in the United States from population counts used to allocate congressional districts to states.

“We can’t keep rewriting history, scrambling norms, and ignoring the Constitution and the precedents we abide by. It is my hope the Supreme Court does the right thing” and rules that “everyone in America” be counted, Biden said in a statement.

The court heard arguments on Tuesday in the administration’s bid to fend off a legal challenge to the plan, which is one of Trump’s hardline policies toward immigration being pursued in his final weeks in office.

The court’s 6-3 conservative majority includes three justices appointed by Trump. The court’s conservative justices on Tuesday appeared reluctant to block the plan - still vaguely defined - to exclude these immigrants from the calculations used to allocate seats in the House of Representatives.

Biden, set to become president on Jan. 20, could reverse course if the congressional apportionment numbers have not been finalized by then. Trump’s administration has acknowledged that it does not know ye... (Read more)