Skip to comments.First Hispanic Supreme Court justice takes prominent role
Posted on 04/25/2012 6:16:51 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts
(Reuters) - The Supreme Court was deep into arguments over Arizona's new immigration law on Wednesday when the high court's first Hispanic justice focused on how difficult it could be for police officers to determine whether someone they stop is in the United States legally.
"What information does your (federal) system have?" Justice Sonia Sotomayor asked U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli as she methodically extracted a core element of the Obama administration's case against the state of Arizona.
"How does that database tell you that someone is illegal as opposed to a citizen?" asked Sotomayor, 57, born in the Bronx to parents who had migrated from Puerto Rico. "Today, if you use the names Sonia Sotomayor, they would probably figure out I was a citizen. But let's assume it's John Doe, who lives in Grand Rapids. ... Is there a citizen database?"
Puerto Ricans have for nearly a century been U.S. citizens, so Sotomayor's family did not face the dilemmas of many other Hispanics who moved to the United States. Yet Sotomayor, who grew up in a housing project and went to Princeton and Yale on scholarships, has referred to the sting of discrimination and feeling "different" among people from elite backgrounds.
Verrilli told her that while many federal databases exist, including one listing U.S. passport holders, there is no citizenship database. "So you have lots of circumstances in which people who are citizens are going to come up (with) no match," he added.
On Wednesday, as Sotomayor, who joined the court in 2009, heard her first major immigration case, she vigorously questioned both sides. She showed a particular concern for the plight of people who might be detained by police based on their race or ethnicity.
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Don't forget that Estrada was also attacked on an ethnic basis by NJ senator Bob "Liver Lips" Menendez for not being a "true Latino".
I get fairly dark in the summer and am often spoken to in Spanish [which I don’t speak]
But I have plenty of *paper work* to identify myself, should I be asked.
The First Hispanic Supreme Court justice (she’s single fellows!) and the first half black communist President are incommunicado. Orchestrating how to get the first half black communist President reelected?
Your argument put forward is very weak.
“Every time I think of the Jug Eared Jackasss SC appointees, I think of this quote from Julius Caesar:
‘The evil that men do lives after them....’
And I always thought that was Iron Maiden that said that!
A former business partner of mine went to high school with Ms. Sotomayor (Cardinal Spellman, I believe). He said she was no great shakes intellectually and she has an Ivy League background for one reason- she is a Latina. My former partner is a Democrat.
You forgot the BARF ALERT! Lol. And I agree with your assessment of her.
the member of the hispanic KKK gets her/its day in court. La RAZA, La Sodamaker.
Parts of the law have already been upheld by the federal courts and are in force now. If you read the transcript, the legal issue is preemption. AZ is enforcing federal law more rigorously than the Feds like. Under the AZ law, they identify the illegals and notify the Feds who can take whatever action they want when it comes to removing them. The AZ laws mirror the Fed laws so it is not a matter of the Supremacy clause. Congress can pass a law that provides preemption, but none exists now. Schumer wants to change it. In any event I recommend everyone interested read the transcript. It is a hoot.
The government's defense was shreded by Scalia and Roberts. The states have the right to inquire from the Federal government about immigration status and the Feds must provide it. The Feds are concerned about the AZ priorities of enforcement and the ability of the Feds to respond, i.e., the workload and resources. AZ will be producing too many removeables and not the kinds of people the Feds (under Obama) want to remove. That places them in the box of not enforcing the law even when they have the names of the violators.
Sonya Sotomayor is our Harriet Miers. They are both intellectual lightweights. We stopped Miers, but the wise Latina is now on the court and will probably be there for the next 30 years. She is an affirmative action appointee.
I’m pretty sure Cardozo was Sephardi.
I will make sure to refer to her as a white hispanic from now on. Her skin is lighter than George Zimmerman’s.
Soto Sayso is easy to get rid of. Just prove Obama is unqualified under article II of the Constitution, and every appointment Obama ever made would be null and void.
That is actually much easier than many think.
Alabama is on the right track in terms of examining the issue in the courts.
Dems don’t abide by the same rules Repubs do: The Senate voted 58-42 to confirm Alito. Compare that to the near unanimous votes Dem Presidential nominees get.
ithink shes cute
We need another Reagan because he was a sweet man with an iron will. I had been taught that he was an ogre from childhood, and opposed him most of his terms, but in the end had to admit that the lucky old Irishman had done what he had set out to do.