Supreme Court rules in redistricting case: Illegal immigrants can be counted

by Stephen Dinan
April 5, 2016

A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday that illegal immigrants and other noncitizens 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 noncitizens the 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 when they are deciding how many people to put inside of each district.

Justice Ruth Bader 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,” she 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.”

30 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Sir David Haddon says:


  • CharlieSeattle says:


  • daveveselenak says:

    The communist takeover of “US” has been completed but unfortunately because we no longer have a free press and because most of the sheeple are dumb-downed, drugged-up – with now legal drugs besides the pharmaceuticals meant to blunt the minds – uninformed, misinformed, apathetic, sports, (entertainment?) and tecno distracted zombies they don’t realize this reality! Through decades of patience and infiltrating all facades of our once great and free society the NWO Godless communist scum have completed their coup! They own the courts as is evidenced by this ruling as well as most of all the rulings that have gone against the constitution and the people! You have to be either one of them or a fool not to understand that if you want to remain free – what little is left – than you are going to have to put your life on the line to retain it! Like the saw says: Freedom doesn’t come free, guess what, an installment payment is PAST DUE! The American sheeple have become lazy, crazy, immoral hedonistic slaves through a steady diet of sex and drugs being fed to them by the communists that have enslaved them by breaking down their will power to save their own asses! That is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth and so is this: REVOLUTION will be the SOLUTION, Armr=============================?, unless you are content which most of “US” are in being slaves to this Godless State with a life of misery and squalor that is intended for “US” by this homo and lezbo communist regime that lives the lifestyle of the billionaires on your and my dimes that they cleverly pit against the dumb-(m)asses! mInr, NSA!

  • PC Bob says:

    We no longer have a Supreme Court, folks, just an Obama rubber stamp! With or without approval of his nominee, WE LOSE! This sure isn’t the country I was born in and knew for the past 77 years! It makes me regret, somewhat, those years I spent defending it!

    1. CharlieSeattle says:

      Congress and the SCOTUS are complicit in enabling Obama’s treasonous agenda.

  • Luke says:

    If these illegals were Ruplican voters I bet this ruling would have been much different..
    liberals are criminals and will do anything to stay in power and steal from the legal hardworking middle-class..

  • Larry says:

    Time to impeach all members of the lliberal Supreme Court as they do not represent the Constitution legal system of the USA.

  • exoticdoc2 says:

    Another stupid, liberal, activist judge style decision that is pro illegal alien. When even the courts do not respect the laws of the country what chance do you have. This is why we need to get people in office, as well as in the courts, who are not part of the party nonsense of either side. It is naive to think that judges these days are non partisan. As long as you keep rewarding illegal aliens they will keep pouring in and screwing everything up, costing us literally billions per year in education, housing, health care, welfare, etc.

    1. PC Bob says:

      ALL of the safety features the Fore Fathers built in to our Constitution have been negated! OUR votes no longer count for anything! We have been taken for fools and sold up the river! America, what has happened to you?

  • David Stovall says:

    Build de fence and deport.

    1. PC Bob says:

      That’s the plan! Building the fence won’t solve our problems, either. We have AMPLE laws on the books, now, but the liberals and Progressives will NOT enforce them! More laws will just encourage them to find other ways to flaunt the law! With 100% backing from SCOTUS!

  • Doug says:

    If being here illegally gives an illegal the right to effect the vote then the illegals must be sent home. How can any country survive if the illegal population can be instrumental in the vote even if they still can’t legally vote?” (although I’m sure that many do vote illegally)

    1. po'ed in az says:

      Not only do they vote illegally, they vote multiple times! Most of them use so many names it would make your head spin to try to remember them all. Take Utah as a most recent example, a reporter there wanted to see first hand just how corrupt the push to hand Cruz the delegates was, went in to one of the polling places where he was not only NOT asked for any sort of ID, he was literally given a handful of ballots! Then he went to another polling location and the same thing happened again! He said at one point he had as many as fifty (50) ballots in his hand and was told to fill them out and drop them in a can on a table.

      1. PC Bob says:

        But, there isn’t a SMIDGEON of voter fraud, according to the Democrats! Well, of course not, if they all vote D!

        1. CharlieSeattle says:

          Democrat = Fraud

  • Roy says:

    “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.”

    I have to disagree completely with this decision. Why? Because ‘nonvoters’, if they are unable to vote because they are illegal (not because of age or loss of voting rights through criminality or legal immigrant non-citizen status, etc.) should not be IN the public education system or receiving any ‘constituent services’ since they are NOT constituents, they are criminals living here illegally. So, no, they should NOT count.

    1. Fran Barnett says:

      I so agree with you. Our politicians refuse to enforce the laws on our books. Many are still coming on 6 month visas to drop anchor babies

    2. SDofAZ says:

      This is where we are headed with the supreme court if BO and the liberals appoint another liberal judge. Better raise cane with the congress particularly the senate if this is not stopped. I have already sent Flakey his warnings. There are sixteen senators trying to jump ship. Herd em up and ship em out with your vote. McCain is history this year, Flakey in 2018. The other legal constituents who are represented in the senate with the traitors need to do the same thing in their states.

    3. ssd says:

      I am in total agreement!!! Drama Obama has been trying to implement any type of interception into Texas government. I feel that the immigrants will be voting if they are not stopped because that is what Drama Obama wants to have happen. I pray that the American people have realized that in 2008 they voted with their emotions, not their hearts. I pray they do not do the same in 2016. We need a GOOD STRONG KNOWLEDGABLE PRESIDENT. I pray the Good Lord will put one in office this time.

      1. CharlieSeattle says:


        I will settle for a loudmouth, in your face, PATRIOT!

        …………….Trump/Carson 2016

        1. ssd says:

          From your loudmouth and no brains to your loudmouth candidate. God bless America because with people like YOU, we need it.

    4. CMSgt, USAF, Retired says:

      I am 100% in agreement with you Roy. This may well be the first step in saying that all illegals are eligible to vote. I vote term limits for SCOTUS.

      1. CharlieSeattle says:

        No, impeachment, disgrace, prison.

    5. CharlieSeattle says:

      That patriotic line on reasoning was ignored by the SCOTUS.

      …as if they would even think of it in the first place!

    6. Charlibart says:

      This is typical Ginsberg logic. If she even has a brain, she must check it on the steps of the SCOTUS when she enters to be revered by appropriate syncopaths. She will never be upset with anyone doing something illegal as that is obviously discriminatory. She justified and proved her non-partisan nature by not recusing herself, along with Kagan and Sotomayor on the queer marriage decision, having just performed illegal “marriage” ceremonies for some favorite queers (I don’t use “Gay” anymore for these very unhappy and misguided people.). They are just simply queer and power mad in their “liberation”.

  • Dick says:

    Sounds like this judge is a turncoat. Counting illegal immigrants is just wrong. What the hell has gotten into this country. The judge must be a Mexican Muslim…………

    1. URKiddinMee says:

      This judge isn’t a turncoat, she has been a dedicated leftist legislating from the bench for her entire judicial career.

      1. po'ed in az says:

        Which is EXACTLY why we must not allow the senate to hold any sort of hearings on Barry’s nominee. If another liberal is appointed we can kiss the Constitution and the United States as we know it goodbye. There has been no bipartisan ruling from the big bench in years! Bush thought he was helping when he gave us Roberts – who then later turned out to be a closet liberal and Barry has given us an admitted racist lefty and another one that had never even argued a case in court much less preside over one! We need to make sure the next one has actually read and studied the Constitution and has a proven track record of upholding it in the court they have presided for at least 10 years. Anything less is giving our country to the socialists.

    2. PC Bob says:

      MANY other countries are ‘enjoying’ the benefits (?) of too many immigrants! Haven’t we learned, yet, that this is a lose-lose situation? Nothing good will ever come from this! We MUST draw the line at the borders! Criminals have no rights! If they want rights they should go back to their homeland! WE owe them NOTHING!

  • James Ayars Bateman says:

    Ruth Bader Ginsberg is so wrong she reeks of mind rot! What kind of thwarted child rearing was she the subject of in her formative years? Whatever it was it is not only poisonous it is anti-American to the core.

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