A perceived frontrunner for nomination to the Supreme Court of The United States has a weak record on immigration.
Judge Raymond Kethledge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, “has consistently demonstrated interpretations of immigration law at odds with the conservative wing of the Supreme Court,” according to Breitbart.
In a case called Nguyen v. Holder, Kethledge sided with President Carter-appointed judges, blocking the deportation of a green card holder who lied on his visa application, and committed grand theft auto while residing in the U.S.
In a decision in Patel v. USCIS, a 2013 case, Kethledge ruled in favor of an illegal alien who overstayed a tourist visa and spent the next 10 years in the U.S. seeking an employment visa. The ruling allowed the illegal immigrant to challenge whether the employer should be forced to investigate whether the employer’s company qualified to have foreign workers in the country.
In his opinion, Kethledge took a stance that benefits immigrant workers at the expense of American workers.
“One can speculate that Congress meant to exclude certain aliens to protect American workers, and admit other, ‘qualified’ aliens to help American employers,” he wrote. “But there is no basis in the text of the statute—none—to conclude that Congress was completely indifferent to the interests of the ‘qualified immigrants’ themselves.”
Author and pundit Ann Coulter, who has written extensively on the American illegal immigration crisis, weighed in on Twitter.
“Hardiman & Kethledge are open borders zealots,” she said. “Kavanaugh rejected an employer’s demand for “guest workers,” saying “mere economic expediency does not authorize an employer to displace American workers for foreign workers.”
Hardiman & Kethledge are open borders zealots. Kavanaugh rejected an employer's demand for "guest workers," saying "mere economic expediency does not authorize an employer to displace American workers for foreign workers.”
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) July 4, 2018
In later tweets, Coulter cited the above court decisions to defend her claims.
CNN fawned over Kethledge in a recent opinion piece.
“Those familiar with Ray’s legal scholarship know he’s a brilliant writer,” wrote Michael Erwin. “I learned that a driving factor in his ability to write is his ability to read and process information rapidly. Ray consumes books and articles at a superhuman pace and is endlessly curious.”
President Donald J. Trump is expected to announce his appointee for the SCOTUS on July 9, filling a seat that will be soon be vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Locked and Loaded: Pentagon Grants Soldiers in DC Power to use Lethal Force
The National Guard have been authorized to use lethal force, if needed.
Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy has authorized the twenty thousand National Guard members providing security around the U.S. Capitol to carry lethal weapons as Washington, D.C., braces for Inauguration Day.
“On January 12, 2021, National Guardsmen were given authorization to be armed in support of the U.S. Capitol Police to protect the U.S. Capitol and individual members of Congress and their staff,” according to a statement from the D.C. National Guard, which is commanding Guard forces in the city, including units deployed from six other states, to provide security for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week,” the DC National Guard revealed in a statement “This was requested by federal authorities and authorized by the Secretary of the Army.”
The National Guard Bureau declined to specify what weapons troops would carry.
“National Guard members are postured to meet the requirements of the supported civil authorities, up to and including protective equipment and being armed if necessary,” said the statement. “The public’s safety is our top priority.”
Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, told media members on Monday that a force of up to 15,000 will deploy to D.C. with all their issued equipment, including their individual weapons. So if the need arises, “they are close by and they are readily accessible.”
The Pentagon initially authorized up to six thousand two hundred Guard members from Maryland, Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania to deploy to D.C. on federal status to maintain security through Inauguration Day.
The history of National Guard members being a part of the presidential inauguration dates back to the first inauguration of President George Washington in 1789.
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