Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said calling illegal aliens “criminals” is “insulting”.
Submitted by: Veronica Coffin
Sotomayor, the nation’s first Hispanic justice, was asked at a talk at Yale Law School Monday about her use of the term “undocumented immigrants” rather than the traditional illegal alien. Sotomayor characterized the issue as a regulatory problem and said labeling immigrants criminals seemed insulting to her.
“I think people then paint those individuals as something less than worthy human beings and it changes the conversation,” Sotomayor said.
It was not clear if Sotomayor was aware that it is a crime to illegally cross the border or overstay a visa, and that re-entry after deportation is punishable by up to 5 years in jail. It was also not clear if Sotomayor was aware of the many crimes committed by illegal aliens who live in the United States.
For example illegals typically posses fraudulent documents such as counterfeit Social Security cards, forged drivers licenses, fake “green cards,” and phony birth certificates. Experts suggest that approximately 75 percent of working-age illegal aliens use stolen or fraudulent Social Security cards to obtain employment.
Illegal aliens commit felonies in order to get jobs. Illegal aliens who use fraudulent documents, perjure themselves on I-9 forms, and commit identity theft in order to get jobs.
Perhaps her fellow justices can clue her in as to the fact that all illegal aliens are by their very nature “criminals”.
But then it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Sotomayor is slow on the uptake, as she herself has admitted she was in over her head at the Supreme Court, a job she clearly was not qualified for when nominated by Barack Obama, as many pundits warned.
Sotomayor told Yale students she didn’t even know what an Ivy League college was when a friend suggested she apply. She wound up attending Princeton and Yale Law School via affirmative action.
On the Supreme Court since 2009, Sotomayor said it was tough at first as justices made references that went over her head. She said joining the high court amounted to joining an ongoing conversation among justices who had served for years.
“I figure I may not be the smartest judge on the court but I’m going to be a competent justice,” she said. “I’m going to try to be the best I can and each year I think my opinions have been getting better. And I’m working at finding my voice a little bit.”
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