Re: [MadisonLUChA] FW: Chief Justice Bans Use Of "Illegal" and "Aliens"
- Great news! We should be able to do it here as well. But it is not only in the courtrooms that this terms have to stop being used, it is also in the media. Indeed, if they could do it in Arizona, we should do it here too.
Leila Pine wrote:
Por fin, some good news. If they can do this in Arizona, we should be able to do it here in Wisconsin, at least while Shirley Abrahamson is still Chief Justice of the Wis. Supreme Court, verdad? If anyone wants to get in touch with contacts who worked on this in Arizona for tips on how they did it, e-mail me separately and I’ll give you the names and contact info.
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Tucson, AZ 85702
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Judge Bans Use Of "Illegal" and "Aliens"
Thu, 11/06/2008 - 17:10 - Judicial Watch Blog
Arizona's Supreme Court chief justice has agreed to enforce the Hispanic Bar Association' s demands of banning the terms "illegal" and "aliens" in all of the state's courtrooms.
Claiming that the terms are inflammatory, the president of Arizona's Hispanic Bar Association, (known as Los Abogados) has asked state Supreme Court Chief Justice Ruth McGregor to stop using them at trials or hearings because they create perceptions of judicial bias.
In a strongly worded letter to the chief justice, Los Abogados' president says attaching an illegal status to a person establishes a brand of contemptibility, creates the appearance of anti-immigrant prejudice and tarnishes the image of courts as a place where disputes may be fairly resolved.
It further points out that no human being is illegal and that a national Hispanic journalism association has roundly criticized the reference for dehumanizing a segment of the population. The letter goes on to criticize the state's High Court for using the term "illegals" in at least two opinions and the term "illegal aliens" in dozens of others.
It concludes with a list of acceptable and unacceptable terms relating to illegal immigration. Among those the group wants banned are; immigration crisis, immigration epidemic, open borders advocates, anchor babies and invaders. Among the acceptable terms are foreign nationals, unauthorized workers and human rights advocates.
Click here to see the entire list as well as Chief Justice McGregor's promise to enforce the requests.
Read the article online
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