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Will A Hispanic Justice On The Supreme Court Impact The Immigration Debate?: Left of Center View

Will it or should it impact the debate? Chances are that it will impact the debate on some level because on both sides of the debate there are people who only see race, gender, religion and other things that divide people. If there is a chance to drive a wedge between people some among us simply cannot pass it up. The truth is, while it likely will, it really shouldn’t have any impact on the debate. Whether you see this as a social justice or law and order debate the ethnicity of a Supreme Court Justice should have zero impact on the substance of the debate over immigration reform.

Judge Sotomayor is the child of immigrants. As far as I’ve heard they were legal immigrants and therefore the anti-immigration crowd shouldn’t have much to come after her for on that front. She’s here legally as an American citizen and therefore her family tree shouldn’t much matter in the debate. While I have not personally looked over her case records I have not heard any rumblings about her making any really controversial immigration decisions so that should be blissfully absent from the debate over her confirmation. What is left is the bigoted question of whether her being Hispanic will impact how she interprets the law as it applies to immigrants. That, unfortunately, is likely where the debate will go on at least one side.

It is highly unlikely that proponents of reasonable immigration policy will be declaring victory as a lock in future Supreme Court cases if Judge Sotomayor becomes Justice Sotomayor. On the other side of the coin however the anti-immigration folks are already calling her an “activist judge” and picking apart every word she has ever spoken publicly as if they will somehow prove she is biased towards immigrants and that somehow her one vote on the Supreme Court will suddenly turn every ruling against them. Their arguments would be laughable if so many people didn’t buy into them. Given the level of zealotry in the anti-immigration movement the rhetoric is actually a bit disturbing.

So while the ethnicity of Judge Sotomayor shouldn’t matter a bit in the immigration debate it will likely take center stage at least for a while. As far as it impacting Supreme Court cases regarding immigration, who knows? Maybe it will and maybe it won’t. We are all influenced by our personal histories and while the law is the law the reason we have a Supreme Court is that sometimes people see the same law in different ways and they need someone to sort it all out for them. To hope for an absolutely impartial panel of two people let alone nine is idiocy. We are all biased in one way or another and our experiences influence our interpretations, even our interpretations of the law.


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Will A Hispanic Justice On The Supreme Court Impact The Immigration Debate?: Right of Center View

Are you kidding? Of course it will. Whenever you add an activist with an axe to grind to the mix the debate changes. Sonia Sotomayor has even said that she would make better decisions than a white man because she’s lived life as a Latina. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out which side of the immigration debate she’s going to land on. We might as well just start learning Spanish and get used to spicy food.

That’s not to say that someone’s race automatically determines how they will rule from the bench. Clarence Thomas has been an outstanding example of someone who does not let their personal history override their judgment in deciding cases that come before the Supreme Court. While he comes from the African American community he has not been a rubber stamp for the NAACP by any means. He judges each case on its merit and comes to a conclusion based on the Constitution as he is supposed to.

Sotomayor on the other hand ruled that it was OK for test scores for Caucasians to be thrown out because no minorities managed to score as well on the tests. She ruled that in America, racism as policy was OK when it went against a bunch of white guys. With a judicial mindset like that it is not hard to foresee how she would rule on things like ICE raids and deporting people with anchor babies here in the States. Forget the law! Just go with what feels right. That is the kind of activism from the bench that will lessen the Supreme Court as a whole.

Beyond the racial stuff Sotomayor is on record as saying that the Appellate Courts are where policy is made. Apparently she skipped the classes where they mentioned that it’s spelled out in the Constitution that it is the legislature’s job to make the laws and the court’s job to enforce those laws. How can we possibly support someone who has said that their ethnicity makes them wiser and who thinks the courts should be making policy?

For those of us who respect the rule of law and want our courts to uphold the law, Sonia Sotomayor is a nightmare nominee. She has shown that she will disregard the law when it doesn’t conform to her sensibilities and that she feels Latinas make better decisions than white men. If she is confirmed to the Supreme Court it’s hard to imagine the immigration problems doing anything but getting worse. Having a Hispanic person on the Court might not have any impact on immigration policy but having this Hispanic person on the Court likely would and not in a good way. We should not assume that someone will be good or bad based on race alone but in this case we have a lot more than race to go on.

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A Legal Immigrant’s Perspective

If you are not a Native American, you are an immigrant, so am I. I came legally to this country at the age of five with my parents who worked hard, paid taxes (even Jesus paid taxes), lived by the rules of this great nation and never took or accepted a penny from the government. We came seeking FREEDOM from a communist country. It was months before we were able to enter the US legally. I remember us getting medical exams, shots (small pox), background check, references, and going through numerous interviews once we arrived. I also remembered people coming to the US from all over the world who waited years since it was based on "Quotas". Read more...

Solving Our Immigration Problem

The major problem our country is facing with illegal immigrants today is because of the exploitation of these immigrants. We believe the solution to this problem is two-fold. First, we should allow more immigrants in this country to cut down on the number of illegal ones. Second, all immigrants should be educated about their rights at the expense of the government. Below, you will find an in-depth look at our suggested reforms.

Reforms for immigration limitations:

-New immigrants can't equal more than 1% of the US population in a given year (the population being from the last recorded census). That 1% will be further divided up to allow only a certain number of immigrants each month.
-Each country of origin for immigrants will be allowed a certain percentage of that 1%. No country could receive more than 10% of the total amount and no country can receive less than .1% of it. The left over percentage will be divided up between all countries as follows: Read more...

Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally “The Race” in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isn’t really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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