Supreme Court to hear ar­gu­ment ex­clud­ing nonci­t­i­zens.

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WASH­ING­TON — The Supreme Court agreed Fri­day to take up Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s pol­icy, blocked by a lower court, to ex­clude peo­ple liv­ing in the U. S. il­le­gally from the cen­sus count that will be used to al­lo­cate seats in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Never in U. S. his­tory have im­mi­grants been ex­cluded from the pop­u­la­tion count that de­ter­mines how House seats, and by ex­ten­sion Elec­toral Col­lege votes, are di­vided among the states, a three- judge fed­eral court said in Septem­ber when it held Mr. Trump’s pol­icy il­le­gal.

The jus­tices put the case on a fast track, set­ting ar­gu­ments for Nov. 30. A de­ci­sion is ex­pected by the end of the year or early in Jan­uary, when Mr. Trump has to re­port cen­sus num­bers to the House.

Mr. Trump’s high court nom­i­nee, Amy Coney Bar­rett, could take part in the case if, as seems likely, she is con­firmed by then.

Last year, the court by a 5- 4 vote barred Mr. Trump from adding a cen­sus ques­tion ask­ing peo­ple about their cit­i­zen­ship. Jus­tice Ruth Bader Gins­burg, who died last month, was part of that slim ma­jor­ity. Judge Bar­rett would take Jus­tice Gins­burg’s seat.

“The Supreme Court re­jected [ Mr. Trump’s] at­tempt last year and should do so again,” said Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union lawyer Dale Ho.

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