Sonia Sotomayor: Referring to Illegal Aliens as Illegal “Does Seem Insulting to Me”


Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor spoke to a group of students at Yale University recently, and when asked about her use of the term “undocumented immigrants” rather than the term “illegal alien,” the judge “characterized the issue as a regulatory problem and said labeling immigrants criminals seemed insulting to her.”

“To call them illegal aliens seemed and does seem insulting to me,” Sotomayor said.

“I think people then paint those individuals as something less than worthy human beings and it changes the conversation,” Sotomayor said.

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These statements came after she had told the students that she didn’t even know what an Ivy League college was when a friend told her to apply. Following her friend’s advice, she attended both Princeton and Yale Law School.

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“I figure I may not be the smartest judge on the court but I’m going to be a competent justice,” she told the group. “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.”

As Judith Resnik, a Yale law professor, interviewed her before the students, Sotomayor said that Yale was “too progressive” for her. That seems like that should have been a little awkward, but apparently not.

While there were other things discussed, this statement of Sotomayor’s has been picked up on by several outlets. I’m not going to try and figure out her motives, but I must consider the fact that she is Hispanic. That doesn’t imply that she is illegal. It is merely a point that should be realized. As such, since many of the illegals in our country come from Central America over our borders, this should be at the forefront when considering Sotomayor’s comment.

It is not insulting to characterize a murderer as, well, a murderer. In the same manner, it’s not insulting to characterize any manner of law breaker as what they are guilty of doing, breaking the law.

Why is it insulting, unless you have an agenda, to refer to those who are in the United State illegally as illegal aliens?

We have seen the Associated Press do this little dance last year, determining that they would not be using the term illegal alien to refer to illegals, but instead use the very term that Sotomayor and all other progressives use, which is “undocumented worker.”

Barack Obama has not upheld his oath as the chief law enforcer of the land concerning immigration and Sotomayor, whom Obama appointed in 2009 to the Supreme Court, seems to be leaning in his direction.

Sotomayor is a legal citizen, like all Puerto Rican Americans have been since 1917. So are her parents.

However, her connections to LaRaza and many open borders proponents are seriously disturbing and should give everyone caution when this woman sits on the highest court in the land and there is talk of amnesty among our elected officials.

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