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Third Obama Judge Blocks Trump; This Time It’s the Census

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For the third time in three days a federal judge appointed by former President Barack Obama has gone rogue and joined the resistance.

This time it’s over adding a simple yet vitally important question to the census about immigration status. as CBS News reports:

In a defeat for the Trump administration, a federal judge blocked the Commerce Department from adding a question on U.S. citizenship to the 2020 census. The case will likely be reviewed by the Supreme Court.

“Secretary Ross’s decision to add a citizenship question to 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,” U.S. District Court Judge Jess Furman wrote in a court filing made public Tuesday morning.

“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, and not of men.”

In his ruling, Judge Furman of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York found that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ decision to include a citizenship question in the 2020 census, unveiled in March 2018, could lead to “a significant reduction in self-response rates among noncitizen and Hispanic households” and to “hundreds of thousands — if not millions — of people” being uncounted by the census.

This is a ridiculous ruling and certain to be overturned on appeal.

In what is no surprise to anyone U.S. District Court Judge Jess Furman was appointed by Barack Obama.

This tyranny by the judicial branch must be stopped!

As you might expect the Trump administration was not happy:

“We are disappointed and are still reviewing the ruling. Secretary Ross, the only person with legal authority over the census, reasonably decided to reinstate a citizenship question on the 2020 census in response to the Department of Justice’s request for better citizenship data, to protect voters against racial discrimination,” Laco wrote in a statement to CBS News Tuesday.

When Ross announced that he was reinstating the citizenship question on the 2020 census questionnaire, he said it was in response to a request from the Justice Department for better citizenship data to assist in its enforcement of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965.

But critics believe the Commerce Department’s proposal would lead to low response rates among immigrants and distort congressional apportionment to favor Republicans. They believed both citizen and non-citizen immigrants would hesitate to answer the citizenship question, fearing reprisals from the Trump administration and its hardline immigration agenda. If these immigrants do not participate in the census, critics argue, they will not be counted for congressional apportionment — the process through which seats in the House of Representatives are distributed among states.

Another example of a judge who’s chosen to join the resistance.

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