I Respectfully (Fiercely) Dissent: Sotomayor Says the Quiet, Terrifying Parts Out Loud


Taking the rare, brave step of calling out her complicit conservative colleagues, Justice Sonia Sotomayor just wrote a scathing dissent on a SCOTUS ruling that will allow Trump's henchmen to enforce the “public charge rule," a cruel, nativist, likely illegal wealth test to keep immigrants out of Illinois, in the name of what the government calls an "emergency" that threatens "irreparable harm" to the country - even though, she writes, "The Government cannot state with precision any of the supposed harm that would come from the injunction...(and) the Government’s professed harm, therefore, boils down to an inability to enforce its immigration goals." Putting the ruling into alarming perspective, Sotomayor blasts the "now-familiar pattern" of the government increasingly leap-frogging due process by going straight to the right-wing-controlled SCOTUS - thanks Susan Collins - to do Trump's bidding. In this "new normal," she charges, the government keeps "claiming one emergency after another...(as) its cries of urgency ring increasingly hollow." Still, she notes, "The Court yields."


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Thus, last month the Court granted the federal government’s barbaric request to deny non-citizens a green card if they are  “likely at any time to become a public charge” - ie: if they ever need food stamps, Medicaid, housing assistance or any other entirely reasonable help getting started in their new lives because, you know, social contract. In a 5-4 vote Friday, SCOTUS then allowed that rule to go into effect in Illinois - where a pending appeal is already scheduled to be heard in District Court next week - after government lawyers sought "emergency relief," evidently from the flood of green-card-seeking immigrants in Illinois scaring the Demagogue-In-Chief. With his megalomania in full bloom, the Senate, Justice Department, intelligence community no longer serve the people. Now it's SCOTUS. By increasingly doing the bidding of "one litigant over all others," Sotomayor charges, the Court's right-wingers are doing irreparable harm to justice itself. She ends her ruling with the traditional, "I respectfully dissent." Many of us respectfully thank her for it.

Update: But not Trump. Now he's whining that Sotomayor and RBG are being mean to him, and they shouldn't get to rule on anything related to him, and "everyone" agrees. What a small, sad, vile man.


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