It is probably a very good thing that Laura Ingraham has chosen to be a far right radio personality rather than practice law — she thinks that Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is an immigrant. She said on her radio show that she thinks that the justice’s “allegiance obviously goes to her immigrant family background and not to the U.S. Constitution.” The statement implies that she thinks that Puerto Ricans living in this country are immigrants and were not born as U.S. citizens.
Ingraham was commenting on remarks made in an appearance at Yale on Monday where Sotomayor told students that she did not like seeing people labeled as “illegal aliens” because she sees their situation to be part of a regulatory problem and feels that it is insulting to label them as criminals.
She also told them that she sometimes feels trapped between two worlds, the one she lives in now and that of the life of poverty that she knew growing up.
When asked about being the first justice to use the term “undocumented immigrant” she said, “I think people then paint those individuals as something less than worthy human beings and it changes the conversation.”
Ingraham seized upon this innocent and well thought out response and used it to attempt to paint her as someone who is contemptuous of the law and not in the least interested in supporting the law or the Constitution.
“Her duty is to defend the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and that’s what she says?” Ingraham said. “Why do we have a Supreme Court justice whose allegiance obviously goes to her immigrant family background and not to the U.S. Constitution? So we have no rule of law. We are going to pick and choose who has to follow the law in the United States.”
Nothing in Sotomayor’s remarks comes close to suggesting that anyone gets to “pick and choose” which laws to enforce or follow, she was speaking about people — human beings — who are just as deserving of respect as any other human being.
She then went on to compare her remarks to the case against Dinesh D’Souza, who was recently charged with violating election finance law by conspiring to contribute far more to a candidate than is legally allowable.
“So why is Dinesh D’Souza, then, being targeted?” She asked. “Why is he being targeted? Why does that law apply?”
Listen to her remarks below from Media Matters.