According to a CNN article, Justice Antonin Scalia opened the Supreme Court's new session by saying,
"No one thinks your client is abstaining from tequila for fear of being deported," he said. Supervision "is impossible once he leaves the country," he added. "This is an ingenious exercise of the conceivable."
The racist comment was in reference to an undocumented immigrant's attempt to fight deportation. The U.S. Supreme Court is working on two immigration cases that will likely change the way all immigrants are treated in the U.S.
tags: immigration, Scalia , racist remarks
According to the Houston Chronicle, the purpose is:
To decide, the justices will need to clarify a federal immigration law that once was aimed at ridding the country of foreigners convicted of crimes such as rape and murder but increasingly is being used by immigration authorities to deport those charged with relatively minor offenses, including drug possession and shoplifting.
"The idea was that when immigrants commit really serious crimes, we didn't want them in the country," said Magali Candler, a Houston lawyer who chairs the regional chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. "But over the years, the immigration laws have been amended repeatedly and now they are written so broadly that an immigrant who commits a minor crime, even if they never served a day in jail, can be deported."
Unfortunately, with Republican-supported justices cracking jokes about Mexicans drinking tequila are not going to inspire confidence in the impartiality of the justices on these issues. It's clear that the Republicans, including their Supreme Court, are in the business of bigotry, not protecting human rights or the U.S. Constitution.