U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts weighed into the political fray calling President Donald J. Trump’s remarks about biased federal judges off the mark.
“We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges,” the high court’s leader reportedly said. Unfortunately, the chief justice missed the mark, and another “Obama judge” recently issued a politically-motivated ruling in an attempt to stop the Trump Administration from including a question about citizenship on the U.S. Census.
The question simply asks: “Is this person a citizen of the United States?”
This type of question had been omitted from the Census since 1950, but the mounting illegal immigration crisis prompted Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to add it.
Obama-appointed U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman appears to be playing a bit of political gamesmanship with Ross’ inclusion of the citizenship question. Furman, in a blatant act of left-wing partisanship, issued a whopping 277-page decision that concludes that Ross does not have the authority to include citizenship questions despite the fact his agency oversees the process. Out of the other side of his mouth, he reportedly stated that such questions about citizenship are clearly constitutional.
“Secretary Ross’s decision to add a citizenship question in the 2020 census — even if it did not violate the Constitution itself — was unlawful for a multitude of independent reasons and must be set aside,” Furman wrote. “To conclude otherwise and let Secretary Ross’s decision stand would undermine the proposition — central to the rule of law — that ours is a government of laws, not of men.”
Opposing the Commerce Secretary were Furman’s comrades in the American Civil Liberties Union, and Democrat states of California and New York. The unholy liberal trio did not argue that the question should be left off because it was improperly included. They made the argument that illegal immigrants would be afraid to respond to the census. In expected liberal double-speak, they claimed to be advocating for an accurate tally. Obviously, knowing who is and is not a U.S. citizen would add accuracy to the population accounting.
Secretary Ross initially pushed for the question’s inclusion back in March as a way to enforce the Voting Rights Act that protects minority citizens from discrimination. The left has at least five lawsuits pending against Ross’ decision in the courts. However, legal scholars say that Ross has every right to craft census questions in a way that results in accurate data. Heritage Foundation senior legal fellow Hans von Spakovsky agrees that Ross has the specific authority to develop questions.
“It will also prevent us from getting accurate census data on citizens and non-citizens from across the country — since the ACS is limited in scope — which is vital in enforcement of the Voting Rights Act, distribution of federal funds and having an informed debate about immigration policy,” von Spakovsky said.
With another Obama judge employing “resist” and “obstruct” tactics in the anti-Trump Southern District of New York court system, the case will likely head to the 2nd U.S. Court of Appeals and then the U.S. Supreme Court.
President Trump has repeatedly notched victories over the liberal judicial activism by biased judges in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, where Democrats run every time they want to block the administration on everything from travel bans to executive orders on the U.S.-Mexico border crisis to rules on asylum procedures. Known as the “nutty ninth,” states such as Arizona have pushed to break up the court’s territory because of its extreme liberal views that are out of touch with everyday American families.
What has become all too apparent following eight years of Obama entrenching political activists in the guise of impartial judges is that the federal court system has become an extension of the two major parties.
There’s a reason that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to bring the Obama’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland to a hearing or vote. He was a long-standing Democrat willing to do political business in high court robes. There is a reason that an honorable judge and family man such as Brett Kavanaugh was wrongly accused of sexual misconduct. There’s a reason Ruth Bader Ginsburg doesn’t retire despite failing health and an inability to stay awake on the bench. That’s because we have Obama judges waiting to toss the rule of law and U.S. Constitution aside for political gain.
~ Liberty Planet