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High court loses leading advocate for equality, immigrants

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High court loses leading advocate for equality, immigrants

Deborah Cohen of Richmond, Va. holds a rainbow flag as people gather at the Supreme Court to honor the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. | AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

By REBECCA RAINEY

09/19/2020 04:24 PM EDT

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death could swing the legal trajectory of issues she championed on the Supreme Court, including LGBTQ, gender and immigrants’ rights.

The loss of the 87-year-old justice’s strong liberal voice could leave the high court deadlocked on contentious issues during the election year and push it further to the right for decades to come.

Ginsburg joined the court’s majority in a handful of high-stakes rulings during the Trump administration, such as its surprising, 5-4 decision rejecting President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Obama-era program protecting so-called Dreamers — those brought to this country as children — as well as a 2019 ruling that overturned the administration’s attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.But both of those issues are still in play, as neither ruling foreclosed the administration from taking a different path to implementing those policies, leaving the door open for a more conservative court to eventually rule in Trump’s favor. Trump has since instructed […]

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