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Judge Stephen Reinhardt Complains: “DHS Officers Humiliate Judges By Enforcing Immigration Law”

A senior judge from the liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals says judges feel dehumanized and humiliated whenever they have to enforce the country’s immigration laws.

The judge was upset because he could not stop the removal of an illegal immigrant who has a couple convictions for drunk driving and has three kids with his American wife.

“We are unable to prevent [Andres] Magana Ortiz’s removal, yet it is contrary to the values of this nation and its legal system,” complained Judge Stephen Reinhardt, who wants to give illegal immigrants the same rights as U.S. citizens. He said:

We are compelled to deny Mr. Magana Ortiz’s request for a stay of removal because we do not have the authority to grant it. We are not, however, compelled to find the government’s action in this case fair or just. …

The government’s decision to remove Magana Ortiz diminishes not only our country but our courts, which are supposedly dedicated to the pursuit of justice. Magana Ortiz and his family are in truth not the only victims. Among the others are judges who, forced to participate in such inhumane acts, suffer a loss of dignity and humanity as well. I concur as a judge, but as a citizen I do not.