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Chilling Comment From Judge in Immigration Suit

I listened to part of the Court of Appeals hearing on the Arizona Immigration Law yesterday.

At one point in the proceedings, one of the judges was asking the lawyers why the State could not pursue its interest in detaining criminals and he referred to "illegal aliens, many of whom are criminals."

Many? Based on what particular data did the judge say this? And, wouldn't you want to know if the judge had any fresh fruit with his breakfast and which "criminal" he thinks picked it. Wouldn't you want to know who cleans his house or does his yardwork.

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I was appalled.

If a judge thinks this "many" undocumented workers are criminals, it is not hard to guess how he will rule in this case. If he is that much of a bigot, he should recuse himself.


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