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Oregon Immigrant Rights Coalition Applauds First Hispanic Nominated to the High Court

President Obama has set a deadline for a confirmation vote on nominee Sonia Sotomayor by the start of the Senate's five-week recess which will begin on August 7th.

Sonia Sotomayor
Sonia Sotomayor

(SALEM, Ore.) - CAUSA (Oregon's Immigrant Rights Coalition), the largest Hispanic civil and human rights and advocacy organization in the Pacific Northwest, applauds President Obama for nominating federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor to become the nation's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice.

At the White House today, President Obama praised Judge Sotomayor as "an inspiring woman" who would uphold a "commitment to impartial justice, a respect for precedent, and a determination to faithfully apply the law to the facts at hand."

The President went on to say that Sotomayor "would bring more experience on the bench and more varied experience on the bench than anyone currently serving on the United States Supreme Court had when they were appointed". He added that Sotomayor's careful reasoning has earned her "the respect of colleagues on the bench, the admiration of many lawyers who argue cases in her court, and the adoration of her clerks, who look to her as a mentor."

With today's nomination, President Obama did exactly what he promised in last year's election by selecting a person who has demonstrated an abiding commitment to the core constitutional values of justice and equality under the law and who understands the impact that the law has on the everyday lives of Americans.

"Americans deserve a Supreme Court justice like Sonia Sotomayor", said Francisco Lopez, Executive Director of CAUSA. "She is an extremely qualified jurist who has demonstrated a commitment to our nation's core constitutional values."

President Obama has set a deadline for a confirmation vote on nominee Sonia Sotomayor by the start of the Senate's five-week recess which will begin on August 7th.

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Russ May 27, 2009 12:23 pm (Pacific time)

Daniel Johnson you certainly missed the point of my below post. In the fullness of time Obama's recent candidate for our Supreme Court will be shown to be intemperate and having too much racial animus to be on this court. Though it looks like she will get seated because most of our senators are afraid to do the right thing and Bork her, it will be a very poor selection. She has been reversed on 60% of her cases that made it to the Supreme Court (and one more case of hers will soon be reversed!), and as reported, for statutory reasons, which means she failed to apply the law. If you flipped her racist comment to a white male I believe you would see why she is not qualified to sit on our Supreme Court just for that reason alone. The media can attempt to avoid this racist, but facts have a way of getting out to the public eventually. I don't know, Daniel, how familiar you are with the U.S. Constitutional standards that have been written regarding the qualifications to sit on this American court, but if you did, then maybe you would understand.

Daniel Johnson May 26, 2009 10:18 pm (Pacific time)

As a Canadian, I feel qualified to comment on American affairs because they so significantly (and often negatively--see war on drugs) impact what happens here. Russ makes the comment about the lady with the scales being blind. A more fundamental issue is the modern population being blind re the Founding Fathers. Just as the Jews consider that events that supposedly happened 4,000 years ago are still relevant somehow so Americans act as if what happened in the Colonies 225+ years ago applies to the modern world. Principles of justic and morality are timeless, but otherwise the world changes. What the Founding Fathers allegedly envisioned is mostly inapplicable in the 21st century. If Uzis and AK47s were around in the 18th century, I think the Second Amendment would have been worded a lot more carefully. This is only one example.

Daniel May 26, 2009 3:40 pm (Pacific time)

An excellent choice to help balance the court , google her record . The Repub activist see opposition as a good fund raising tool for their bigoted base .

Russ May 26, 2009 3:05 pm (Pacific time)

The below was published recently by the New York Times. I wonder how many people remember why the lady holding the justice scales is blind? Is this appointment about getting someone to interpret the Constitution as our Founders envisioned and getting a top notch legal mind that the Supreme Court should have, or is this something else as a below quote resonates? “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male..." said Judge Sotomayor, who is now considered to be near the top of President list of potential Supreme Court nominees. This month, for example, a video surfaced of Judge Sotomayor asserting in 2005 that a “court of appeals is where policy is made.” She then immediately adds: “And I know — I know this is on tape, and I should never say that because we don’t make law. I know. O.K. I know. I’m not promoting it. I’m not advocating it. I’m — you know.” The above is all on video. This is appointment is going to cause some serious problems that will drive a wedge between a substantial percentage of Americans. The above is not some misspoken phrase, it is an ingrained racist attitude:

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