U.S. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Tuesday expressed anger and frustration over a supreme court case seeking to exclude undocumented immigrants in redistricting.
The hope is that the change will affect how resources and congressional seats are allocated in the United States.
ABC News writing on the oral arguments being heard by the apex court put it this way: “The justices on Monday will hear oral arguments over Trump’s effort — already twice rejected by lower federal courts — that would break from more than a century of precedent in determining apportionment of the 435 congressional districts across all 50 states. If successful, it would boost the influence of predominantly conservative, Republican states and rural communities while drawing resources away from more liberal, Democratic states and urban areas.”
The network added: “In what could be one of his most politically significant final acts as president, Donald Trump plans to exclude millions of undocumented immigrants from the official 2020 Census figures used to allocate political power and billions of dollars in federal funds. But first, the U.S. Supreme Court has to sign off.”
In a statement, Biden said it was not only a legal obligation to count everyone, but also a moral imperative to do that in the United States.
Biden said: “The Census will determine the future of our country for the next decade. It helps us decide where and how we invest in the health and safety of our nation — everything from whether children can attend a good school and eat a warm lunch, families can drink clean water and breath clean air, and people have access to basic health care and good jobs.
“Today, the Supreme Court of the United States heard a case about whether everyone in America will be counted in the Census for the purpose of apportionment of Congressional seats, as the Constitution plainly and clearly requires. Or whether the partisan politics of intimidation and xenophobia will intentionally exclude specific groups of people from being counted. It’s a case about whether we deny our ability to govern responsibly and undermine our fidelity to our laws and values as a government of, by, and for all people.
“In America, we make ourselves heard when we fill out the Census to be counted. It’s a critical way the power of the nation resides in the people. That’s America. 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, Congress must give the experts at the Census the time to make sure everyone gets counted accurately. Let everyone be counted and let us begin the work to heal and unite our nation.”