Supreme Court Justice Ruther Bader Ginsberg, who has long been an icon of passionate, consistent, and moral judicial authority, has become even more beloved during the Trump era as the foundational pillars of our democracy have come under attack from illiberal forces.
The Hill reports that today, Justice Ginsberg rejected the Department of Justice’s request to temporarily block an order that requires Trump’s Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to sit for a deposition as part of pending lawsuits filed against the decision add a question about citizenship to the 2020 census. The rejected request also asked for a temporary stay deposition for another official involved in the lawsuits.
The lawsuits in question claim that tacking a question about citizenship onto the census would, in turn, discourage immigrants from participating in the census, and end up decreasing federal funding to areas which are predominantly controlled and populated by Democrats. The citizenship question also has a sinister tint to it in light of the Trump administration’s aggressive xenophobic rhetoric and ICE deportation policies. In simple turns, this regime can’t be trusted with this kind of demographics information.
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Since the DOJ is attempting a multi-prong strategy by additionally asking the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals to block Ross from being forced to sit for the deposition, Ginsberg said that she will let that court makes its decision before proceeding on the issue.
“The application is denied without prejudice, provided that the Court of Appeals will afford sufficient time for either party to seek relief in this court before the depositions in question are taken,” reads Ginsberg’s order.
The issue is complicated by the fact that the Justice Department’s Solicitor General Noel Francisco has already claimed that there might not be enough time for the Supreme Court to intercede before Ross is slated to be deposed on October 11th if the 2nd Circuit Court ends up denying the request.
However the rest of this saga plays out, today’s news represents a clear blow to the racist agenda that the Trump administration is currently propagating just behind the scenes. These despicable individuals can’t be allowed to accomplish their detestable goals quietly, and the fact that Ross is reluctant to sit for a deposition shows just what cowards they really are.