Sotomayor: Labeling Illegal Immigrants Criminals Is Insulting

CBS DC, February 4, 2014

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who grew up poor in New York City, described Monday how she navigated new worlds of Ivy League universities and the nation’s highest court.

Sotomayor told students at Yale University that she has a competitive drive to improve herself and isn’t afraid to ask questions.


On the Supreme Court since 2009, Sotomayor said it was tough at first as justices made references that went over her head. She said joining the high court amounted to joining an ongoing conversation among justices who had served for years.

“I figure I may not be the smartest judge on the court but I’m going to be a competent justice,” she said. “I’m going to try to be the best I can and each year I think my opinions have been getting better. And I’m working at finding my voice a little bit.”

Sotomayor was asked at a talk at Yale Law School later in the day about her use of the term “undocumented immigrants” rather than the traditional illegal alien. Sotomayor characterized the issue as a regulatory problem and said labeling immigrants criminals seemed insulting to her.

“I think people then paint those individuals as something less than worthy human beings and it changes the conversation,” Sotomayor said.


She admitted that she sometimes finds herself stuck between two worlds, one in which her colleagues talk of operas and another in which she sees a cockroach in an apartment in her old Bronx neighborhood and flees.

“Sometimes I do feel I’m not part of either world completely,” she said. “My life has changed so much that going back I don’t feel I’m completely part of the conversation.”


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  • Geo1metric

    Disturbing to know that Supreme Court Justice does not support rule of law. Illegal is illegal.

    • sbuffalonative

      Was she put on the SC because she knew the law or was she put on the SC to satisfy someone’s political agenda?

      Affirmative Action: The gift that keeps on giving.

      • Anon

        Sotomayor is white enough that few to no white people would realize she was Puerto Rican unless she identified herself or spoke Spanish. What she did was pass for white until she got where she is and then implemented her communist agenda….same as every other liberal judge. She wasn’t placed because of her race but because of her politics. She is now trying to pass for another race as part of that agenda. No Puerto rican woman would refer to herself as a “latina”, wise or otherwise.

    • Anon

      Sotomayor has far worse problems. She’s an open communist and a race traitor. What she almost never talks about is she is not Mexican or south American as she likes to let people assume. She’s Puerto rican. And has been involved for a long time in bringing criminal scum to the island, driving out her own kind. MANY Puerto Ricans have been raped, robbed, murdered etc. as a direct result of her “wise latina” shenanigans.
      This is no small thing. Whites of the western world tend to shrug off race treason. But, to everyone else, including whites outside the western world, it is unthinkable. Sotomayor isn’t welcome among her own kind and with good reason.

      • Homo_Occidentalis

        I wouldn’t exactly say she’s “white”. Have you seen the epicanthic folds on that one? I wouldn’t be surprised if she has a fair amount of Arawak/African admixture in there somewhere.

    • MooTieFighter

      Exactly, this discredits her as a Supreme Court Justice. She can’t even understand the most simple logic. Calling something illegal, that is illegal.

      • Anna Tree

        Now our “justice” even let an illegal alien become an attorney…

  • Greg Thomas

    Gee, do you have any misconceptions as to how Ms. La Raza would vote on any case involving her beloved hispanic invaders!

    • Alfred the Great

      I don’t know how many of them are Hispanic, but I do know that most of them are Amerindians because I live in the State of Texas and I see them.

  • Insulting to her even though she was born in New York, which means she was born legal. She is of PR heritage, and even if she was born there, she’s still technically legal.

    Still, she identifies enough with the (presumably Hispanic) illegal alien to complain about the “insulting” nature of the label. Why? Blood is thicker than water, paper or anything.

    • So CAL Snowman

      She doesn’t even speak Spanish! She’s what is known as a Crypto . . .

      • Neither did that faux mayor of San Antonio, Julian Castro, and his twin brother and now Congressman Joaquin Castro, until they took a crash course in it for political purposes.

      • Extropico

        I have read a conjecture that 20% of the New World immigrants from Iberia were at least partly Sephardic….


        • foundingstockcracker

          Most of the ‘historic’ Hispanics have that component, as shown from DNA tests. Some South Americans are revealing or finding their Converso past and converting back to Judaism.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    Calling Sotomayor a justice of the United States is insulting.
    Upjumped icon of Affirmative Action mediocrity. Insult to all our history.

    • D.B. Cooper

      Half of the white population voted for what caused it to get appointed in the first place.

  • MekongDelta69

    MekongDelta69: Having Sonia Sotomayor on the Supreme Court Is Insulting”

  • Who Me?

    labeling immigrants criminals seemed insulting to her…Well, sometimes the truth hurts, eh, wise Latina?

    • bilderbuster

      Having Puerto Rico as a very expensive territory is an insult to us as a nation.
      That is almost as big of a mistake as slavery.
      Newtie & company are still working on PR statehood.

      • Extropico

        The gift from Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders keeps giving…

        • bilderbuster

          Yes Teddy & his ilk got us into all this empire garbage in the first place.
          As far as I’m concerned him & Stinkin’ Lincoln should be blasted off of Mt. Rushmore.

  • Druid

    Sotomayor: Labeling Illegal Immigrants Criminals Is Insulting
    Every time I think of this dumb fat sow sitting on the Supreme Court of the United States, I get sick to my stomach.

  • D.B. Cooper

    the average white drone is clueless about what the racist Sotomayor can do to them. I can’t even look at that thing without getting the urge to kick in my TV screen.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      “We got Whitey now!”

      “I know!”

    • mobilebay

      D.B. I get that same feeling when I see Luis Gutierrez.

  • Spartacus

    “I think people then paint those individuals as something less than worthy human beings and it changes the conversation,”


    They’re not human at all. And neither are you .

  • Alfred the Great

    The legal term has been illegal alien for centuries. When societies were more homogeneous and a person of another race entered into that society’s area, they were called aliens. At the time of our country’s Founding, they used the terms “friendly alien” and “enemy alien.” In other words, one was invited into the country and the other one was not. In the Bible there are references to strangers. In some cases, from the Greek, the word stranger translates as a person of another race. And she is correct about one thing though and that is that she isn’t very smart. Just yet another example of the erosion of America.

  • sbuffalonative

    On the Supreme Court since 2009, Sotomayor said it was tough at first as justices made references that went over her head.

    She acknowledges she’s not qualified for the position.

    • 1stworlder

      Her story about how her H.S. guidance councilor wanted to know how she got accepted to college despite her grades is the true story of affirmative action.

    • bilderbuster

      That’s her life story & she’s so proud of it she wants others like her to be able to do the same.

    • NoMosqueHere

      America was better off before the anti discrimination laws were enacted. Back in the day, minorities (for lack of a better term) had to be truly exceptional to be appointed to significant jobs in government. Those that weren’t had to make their own luck, by starting their own businesses, law firms, schools, or whatever. In other words, discrimination was a creative force in america. Today, you just sue to get what you want.

  • sbuffalonative

    This is an example of how the ‘progressive’ left seeks to corrupt language.

    Control language and you control thought. Control thought and you control people.

    Words become fluid and lose meaning.

    • foundingstockcracker

      Political neologisms or New Speak.

  • Puggg

    There is more than one way to skin a cat.

    As a dog, the idea of skinning cats pleases me.

    But there is also more than one way to get rid of a law that makes a certain act a crime.

    The first way is to repeal it through the conventional process.

    The other way is to manipulate the language to condition our minds away from thinking that the certain act is a crime.

    By telling us that it’s wrong to think of illegal aliens as illegal, they can get full amnesty without erasing as much as one letter of one word of one sentence of one law in one law book.

  • antiquesunlight

    “I figure I may not be the smartest judge on the court but I’m going to be a competent justice.”
    This is so stupid. Competent isn’t good enough for the Supreme Court. We need the absolute elite up there, not airhead Latinas.

    • bilderbuster

      Competent to a Puerto Rican means punching in on time.

    • Pelagian

      You are right to single this out. This is a trope that has been used by aff action advocates for decades and simply wont abate. As these advocates have it, it is “Bestism” to want the best for a job. As long as you are “competent” you deserve the job over a non-minority.
      Of course we see how successful a system of selecting for a minimal level of competency, and not seeking the ebst and brightest, has worked for Banana Republics.

  • Alexandra1973

    Well, not-so-wise Latina, last time I checked trespassing and invading foreign countries were criminal offenses!

  • John Frum

    “I figure I may not be the smartest judge on the court ”
    But you’re one of the most dangerous.

  • JohnEngelman

    The reason they are undocumented is because they are here illegally. In other words, they are criminals.

  • Evette Coutier

    Another twit liberal on the SCOTUS who is to stupid to not admit publically she’s an incompetent amateur. Maybe we can do better next time and appoint Elmer Fudd.

  • Anon

    I prefer the term criminal fugitive alien myself. It is far more honest. Illegal alien implies that they are a criminal by nature of entering the country illegally. Although that is true, our masters decided for us long ago that it was a trivial offense and repeatedly refused to make it a felony. Entering the US illegally is a crime on par with unpaid parking tickets (which have far more serious penalties).
    However, near 100% of “illegal aliens” are also wanted for one or many serious crimes….that’s why they came to the US illegally. 100% of those trying to come here legally are allowed here unless they are criminals. 100% of “illegals” who want to become “legal” will have their status instantly frozen until a court determines the matter. Since a court date takes years to get, they are essentially legal for the duration. If they simply don’t show, the ONLY penalty is a new court date, more years away. But why bother. 100% of those cases result in legalization.
    Illegals are illegals because they are committing crimes, often violent, under assumed names and legalization allows them to be documented, identified and often, brought to justice.
    This is why a path to citizenship is such a joke. These people are serious criminal scum of an organized crime type. Their lack of legal status is a big part of how they get away with crime.

    • Who Me?

      “Criminal Foreign Invader” also works

  • mobilebay

    Ms. Justice Sotomayor, if you feel uncomfortable in the presence of the other Justices, do feel free to leave. And no matter how you change the term, the proper one is illegal alien.

  • bigone4u

    I think people then paint those individuals as something less than worthy human beings and it changes the conversation,” Sotomayor said.
    I was scolded by the university for calling them illegal immigrants a decade or more ago in class. This playing with the language has been going on a long time. The local Mexicans in San Antonio are outraged when the word “illegal” is used. Screw them. Except I can now see a day when ALL laws excluding anyone from our borders will be declared unconstitutional. Open borders. America for all! Welcome, amigos. Screw that too.

    • saxonsun

      Unfortunately, Europeans will be excluded.

  • Greg Thomas

    Invading another sovereign country is “insulting,” but that is lost on this La Raza racist.

  • John K

    Having an anchor baby sitting on the Supreme Court is insulting. The invaders are just that- ILLEGAL.

  • WR_the_realist

    Illegal immigrants are in fact less than worthy of being in this country. Suck it up, Sotomayor.

  • RexRazor

    Do Polish or Russian illegals fit Soto’s criteria or just Latinos?

  • Luca

    She is like any other Liberal Affirmative Action appointment, a walking endorsement that Democrats are progressive, liberal and forward thinking, even if she is incompetent. She is a token puppet and she shouldn’t fool herself into thinking otherwise.

    Her statement makes about as much sense as saying “Let’s not call bank robbers criminals, it hurts their feelings”. Is that really her role as a SC judge? Not very wise, is she?

    • Erasmus

      The insult is that a woman qualified only to change sheets at the local Motel 6 has been elevated to the SCOTUS.

  • nativist

    If memory serves, Sotomayor has admitted than in her first
    year at Princeton her English reading ability was so poor, the
    remedial faculty had her read children’s books written in English.

    • WR_the_realist

      The U.S.A. is now a sick, sick joke.

      To my fellow whites in other countries: Don’t let this happen to your country.

  • MBlanc46

    So, what are we going to call murderers and rapists? Undocumented life-takers and sex-havers? We wouldn’t want to imply that they’re something less than worth human beings, now would we?

    • William_JD

      No, you can do better than that. A burglar is an undocumented homeowner, and a rapist is an undocumented husband.

      • Alexandra1973

        And a drug dealer is an unlicensed pharmacist.

      • MBlanc46

        Sounds good to me.

  • negrolocaust

    watch the vid on alex jones channel youtube
    here is title:
    Black Mob Racially Attack Whites

  • dave

    Poster child for Affirmative action.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Sotomayor said it was tough at first as justices made references that went over her head.

    You are way out of your league, Sonia, pushed through by Affirmative Action and everyone knows it, even you! You’ve even admitted to being incapable and incompetent:

    “I am a product of affirmative action. ..My test scores were not comparable to that of my colleagues at Princeton or Yale….. [I]f we had gone through the traditional numbers route of those institutions, it would have been highly questionable whether I would have been accepted with my academic achievement in high school. I was accepted rather readily at Princeton, and equally as fast at Yale. But my test scores were not comparable to that of my classmates…”

    Sotomayor characterized the issue as a regulatory problem and said labeling immigrants criminals seemed insulting to her.

    I am insulted that an unqualified, ignorant, incompetent, racist Affirmative Action appointee like you is sitting on the highest court in the land.

    “Court is Where Policy is Made”

    –Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

    • Alexandra1973

      They couldn’t even spell “our” correctly, go figure.

      And, no, Pedro, California belongs to us (whether we like it or not).

  • libertarian1234

    “She says she may not be the smartest justice, but she will be competent.”

    Atta girl. Keep up the average work, Porky.

  • Corto

    Rewarding lawbreakers, on the other hand, is in no way insulting to the native citizens of this country.

    Up is down, black is white, night is day, good is evil with these people.

  • Danimalius

    It’s insulting to other judges to call Sotomayor a judge.

  • Slayer88

    I’m sure the two little girls killed in Oregon by one of Obama’s Illegal Crimmigrant Dreamers are feeling insulted right about now…

  • OhWow

    Don’t call them bank robbers! Call them misunderstood people who are in need of money.

    • Slayer88

      Guilty of nothing more than an Undocumented Withdrawl

    • Franklin_Ryckaert

      Call them “undocumented bank clients”.

      The “president” Obama himself, born in Kenia, naturalized in Indonesia to an Indonesian citizen (and registered as a Muslim) has no real birth certificate (what he showed was obviously fake) and is therefore also an “undocumented citizen”. His educational career is equally undocumented. Part of the US South West is already “undocumented Mexico”.

      • Alexandra1973

        He’s “keepin’ it real.”

        Real shifty.

  • Alexandra1973

    That’s nasty. And liberals wonder why we don’t want them here.

    • Talltrees

      Probably, a White real estate agent had to clean it up.

  • Massif1

    Affirmative action latina lawyer.


    sotomayer on The Supreme Court is insulting

  • saxonsun

    The entire West has become one huge insane asylum–and we are the ones who are responsible for it. I’ve watched for decades now how everything has been turned topsy-turvy. I honestly didn’t think it would get this bad. I feel like I’m trapped in the Twilight Zone.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    Puerto Ricans are an especially loathsome, vile race of mongrels. All Puerto Ricans, including Sotomayor, should be in their own country where they belong. The US government should grant Puerto Rico independence. They deserve it, despite the fact that the average Puerto Rican fears the rise of a mulatto-mestizo republic.

  • PouponMarks

    Obama and she agreed that compassion was a big part of why she was chosen. That isn’t jurisPRUDENCE, but jurisPRUNES, watery and lacking form and definition.

  • Allan477

    Oh, poor Sonia. Just remember, her poverty background include 12 years of private Catholic school, and in spite of the private schooling, she still needed affirmative action in order to get into college.

  • Harvey42

    Is she any more corrupt than the Obama Care sellout, John Roberts?

  • PouponMarks

    Yeah, but she has INGRATE roots.