SHOULD WE KNOW IF YOU’RE A
CITIZEN IF YOU’RE GOING
TO BE COUNTED?
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CENSUS: Average illegal has lived in US for 15 years, longest on record…
US CENSUS LEGAL ANALYST: Dr. John C. Eastman, is a Professor of Law & constitutional law scholar at Chapman University School of Law, and also served as the School’s Dean from June 2007 to January 2010, when he stepped down to pursue a bid for California Attorney General. He clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas at the Supreme Court.
Opponents of the Trump administration’s effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census asked the Supreme Court Wednesday not to rule against them in the coming weeks so that new allegations of a political motive can be reviewed.
Lawyers for the New York Immigration Coalition have said information recovered from the files of a deceased Republican expert on redistricting shows the administration’s motive was to reduce the voting power of Hispanics. That would help Republicans and hurt Democrats in congressional elections.
Administration officials have testified that they sought the citizenship question not for that reason but to protect minority voters under provisions of the Voting Rights Act.
BIO: Professor Eastman is also affiliated with the Claremont Institute as a Senior Fellow and Director of the Institute’s Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, which sponsors Chapman’s constitutional jurisprudence clinic.. Prior to joining the Fowler School of Law faculty in August 1999, he served as a law clerk with Justice Clarence Thomas at the Supreme Court of the United States and with Judge J. Michael Luttig at the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. After his clerkships, Dr. Eastman practiced with the national law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, specializing in major civil and constitutional litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. He earned his JD from the University of Chicago Law School, where he graduated with high honors in 1995. He was selected for membership in the Order of the Coif and was a member of the Law Review, a Bradley Fellow for Research in Constitutional History and an Olin Fellow in Law & Economics. Dr. Eastman also has a Ph.D. and M.A. in Government from the Claremont Graduate School, with fields of concentration in Political Philosophy, American Government, Constitutional Law, and International Relations. He has a B.A. in Politics and Economics from the University of Dallas. Prior to law school, he served as the Director of Congressional & Public Affairs at the United States Commission on Civil Rights during the Reagan administration and was the 1990 Republican Nominee for Congress in California’s 34th District.