Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch was supposed to be a strict Constitutionalist. That’s why he was nominated by President Trump to replace Antonin Scalia.
However, Gorsuch joined with the liberal justices in a 5-4 immigration ruling against Trump that should terrify all conservatives.
Here’s the scoop…
The Supreme Court on Tuesday invalidated a provision of federal law that requires the mandatory deportation of immigrants who have been convicted of some “crimes of violence,” holding that the law is unconstitutionally vague.
The case, Sessions v. Dimaya, had originated during the Obama administration but had been closely watched to see if the justices would reveal how they will consider the Trump administration’s overall push to both limit immigration and increase deportations.
As expected after the oral argument, Justice Neil Gorsuch joined with the more liberal justices for the first time since joining the court to produce a 5-4 majority invalidating the federal statute. In doing so, Gorsuch was continuing the jurisprudence of Justice Antonin Scalia, who also sided with liberals when it came to the vagueness of statutes used to convict criminal defendants.
Only eight justices heard the case last term after Scalia’s death, and in late June, the court announced it would re-hear arguments this term, presumably so that Gorsuch could break some kind of a tie.
James Garcia Dimaya, a native of the Philippines, was admitted to the United States in 1992 when he was 13 as a lawful permanent resident. In 2007 and 2009, he pleaded no contest to charges of residential burglary in California. In 2010, the Obama administration brought removal proceedings against Dimaya. An immigration judge determined that Dimaya was removable from the US because of his two state court convictions.
Gorsuch recently hired the first American Indian law clerk.
From The Daily Caller:
In an apparent first at the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has hired a Native American clerk for the 2018 term.
The clerk, Tobi Merritt Edwards Young, is an enrolled citizen of the Chickasaw Nation from Midwest City, Oklahoma, and has worked for Gorsuch since the early days of President George W. Bush’s administration.
“I hope that if other Chickasaws read about my experiences, they will recognize that nothing stops them from pursuing any dream that they have too,” Young said in a Chickasaw Nation press release. “Somebody from where they are from is going to be working every day at the Supreme Court, and there’s no reason that there shouldn’t be many more to come.”
Conservatives need to be careful that they don’t act like liberals here. It doesn’t matter what this woman looks like. Her skin color should be completely ignored. She should be hired based on her qualifications and based on her qualifications only.
However, if the left wants to play the racial identity politics game then they have to acknowledge historic firsts like this.
Obviously, this won’t count for anything in the minds of Democrats but it would be front page news if a liberal justice had done it.
This is reminiscent of the silly narrative about Trump hating women.
Yeah, not exactly…
From The Hill:
President George W. Bush did better than his republican predecessors, but still fell a bit short.
The unattainable feat?
Hiring an astounding number of women for senior-level positions in the White House.
Luckily for women everywhere, in 2018 it has finally been accomplished.
Naturally, Vogue has written about it. Cosmopolitan has shouted it from the rooftops, as has MSNBC and every other liberal news outlet.
If only that last part were true.
Throwing the racist accusation around or throwing the sexist allegation around isn’t something serious people do. It’s a horrible thing to call someone and should only be done if there are facts to back it up and that’s just not the case 99% of the time when the media hurls that slur at Republicans.
H/T: Right Scoop