JUDGE ATTACKED BY TRUMP FOR MEXICAN HERITAGE WILL TAKE DACA CASE: Judge Gonzalo Curiel, the federal judge President Donald Trump attacked as “a Mexican” and “a hater” on the campaign trail, will hear the case of Juan Manuel Montes Bojorquez, a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient who was deported earlier this year, reported NBC News.
Bojorquez’s lawyers allege that he had active protection under DACA, and that “the government did not provide any documentation explaining the legality of sending him back to Mexico.” In an interview with ABC News, President Trump had previously stated that DACA recipients “shouldn’t be very worried” about being deported. Yet Attorney General Jeff Sessions has now stated that he “can’t promise people who are here unlawfully that they’re not going to be deported,” reported Politico.
GERRYMANDERING CASE HEADS TO SCOTUS: The United States Supreme Court will hear a case that claims that “the lower house of the Wisconsin Legislature, the State Assembly, was gerrymandered by its Republican majority before the 2012 election — so artfully, in fact, that Democrats won a third fewer Assembly seats than Republicans despite prevailing in the popular vote,” reported The New York Times.
SESSIONS’ REMARKS “BETRAY RANK IGNORANCE”: Attorney General Jeff Sessions criticized a Federal District Court ruling last month that blocked Trump’s travel ban against several majority-Muslim countries, stating that he was “amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the president of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and constitutional power.”
Nan Aron, president of our sister organization Alliance for Justice, said in a statement: “These remarks by the Attorney General betray rank ignorance…what makes them even more alarming is that Attorney General Sessions seems so confident that the Supreme Court with Justice Gorsuch on it will uphold the president’s deeply flawed travel ban. Weren’t we just told that Justice Gorsuch would be independent of the Trump Administration?”