Federal Court Panel Blocks Trump Order to Exclude Illegals from Census

A federal court panel has blocked President Trump’s order to exclude illegal immigrants from the U.S. census, calling the order unlawful.

The three judge panel ruled unanimously and wrote in their opinion “the merits of the parties’ dispute are not particularly close or complicated.”

They added “the President is not free to substitute his own view of what is most ‘consonant with the principles of representative democracy’ for the view that Congress already chose.”

ACLU lawyer Dale Ho celebrated the decision, saying “this is a huge victory for voting rights and for immigrants’ rights. President Trump has tried and failed yet again to weaponize the census against immigrant communities. The law is clear, every person counts in the census.”

The ACLU tweeted “The law is clear: Everyone gets counted in the Census — you can’t pick and choose. ”