Thursday, May 3, 2012

Indifference to aliens' lives at SCOTUS - Linda Greenhouse, NY Times

In Plane Wreck at Los Gatos, no one cared because "they were just deportees" sang Woodie Guthrie.  Linda Greenhouse - who has been to innumerable Supreme Court arguments - finds evidence of the same attitude among the nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. - GWC
The Lower Floor -
by Linda Greenhouse
"I found last week’s Supreme Court argument in the Arizona immigration case utterly depressing, and I’ve spent the intervening week puzzling over my reaction. It’s not simply that the federal government seems poised to lose: unlike the appeals court, the justices appear likely to find the heart of Arizona’s mean-spirited “attrition through enforcement” statute, S.B. 1070, permissible under federal law.
Poring over the argument transcript and the briefs, what finally came through as most deeply troubling was this: the failure of any participant in the argument, justice or advocate for either side, to affirm the simple humanity of Arizona’s several hundred thousand undocumented residents."

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