Biden admin urges Supreme Court to pass on birthright citizenship case

The Biden administration requested that the Supreme Court not take a case on citizenship case regarding American Samoans.

The case could go against views that the court’s liberal justices have declared are racist.

The case

“But last term, Gorsuch and Sotomayor, who represent opposing ends of the court’s ideological spectrum, rebuked such rulings, saying they relied on racist and imperialist sentiment to deem residents of some U.S. territories not fully entitled to the Constitution’s protections, including birthright citizenship,” the Washington Examiner reported.

The court will likely decide whether to take the case later this year.

The liberal view

“The residents of Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Marianas Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa all still lack equal rights and privileges to U.S. citizens under these court precedents,” HuffPost wrote.

The question is whether the court should make changes to the current laws, something liberal Democrats want, with 23 House Democrats recently filing a letter on the matter.

One conservative justice, Neil Gorsuch, has also sided with some aspects of the case. However, Democrats fear the case at the Supreme Court could hurt its agenda to further the rights of immigrants under the current conservative majority in the court.

The new push is an odd mix that is being used for political purposes largely unrelated to the original context of the matter. The issue is also another reminder of the importance of the midterm elections that will have some impact on the issue.

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