Supreme Court Rules that Illegal Aliens and Non-Citizens Can be Counted in Redistricting Case
Well, let’s just chalk this up to the supreme Court ruling on an issue it has no business in once again. In much the same manner as the court ruled in the Obamacare and marriage issue, the supreme Court of the united States has clearly overstepped its authorityThe in a recent ruling regarding states redistricting.
The Washington Times reports:
A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday that illegal immigrants and other non-citizens can be counted when states draw their legislative districts, shooting down a challenge by Texas residents who said their own voting power was being diluted.
The ruling does not grant non-citizens power to vote, but says the principle of “one person, one vote” doesn’t require localities to only count those who are actually eligible to vote.
Justice Ruth Baden Ginsburg, writing for the court, said even though only eligible voters are supposed to cast ballots, elected officials represent all people within their districts, and it is that act of representation, not the election itself, that the boundaries are drawn to.
“As the Framers of the Constitution and the Fourteenth Amendment comprehended, representatives serve all residents, not just those eligible or registered to vote,” Ginsburg wrote. “Nonvoters have an important stake in many policy debates — children, their parents, even their grandparents, for example, have a stake in a strong public-education system — and in receiving constituent services, such as help navigating public-benefits bureaucracies.”
Texas had challenge the way districts were drawn in the Lone Star state.
However, due to illegal aliens and other non-citizens, the state’s legislative districts may vary as much as 40%!
Since the Constitution is not explicit concerning redistricting, it seems clear that this falls under the prevue of the states. In other words, the supreme Court should be ignored and the states develop redistricting according to their own standards, according to the Tenth Amendment.