Hispanic Caucus strongly opposes Kavanaugh’s nomination
The largest coalition of Hispanics in the government has raised its voice against Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, arguing an imminent danger to the Latino community and to the entire country.
The nomination of Donald Trump's favorite to fill the vacancy in the U.S. Supreme Court has unleashed one of the greatest waves of discontent and opposition in the confirmation process.
After the inauguration of Judge Brett Kavanaugh's hearings was marked by opposition and contempt of Democratic members in the Committee, the Hispanic Caucus in Congress has added its voice to strongly oppose the possible confirmation of a judge recognized for his anti-immigrant and radically conservative positions.
"Whether it’s a woman’s reproductive rights, whether it’s the issue of racial profiling that affects people of color throughout the country, his (Kavanaugh's) sense that there’s an imperial immunity presidency, should concern all of us," said Rep. Raúl Grijalva, Democrat of Tucson, according to Cronkite News.
The fear that arises among all the opponents of Kavanaugh’s possible confirmation is that the Supreme Court could now have a lifetime member who is politically engaged, and who would not fulfill the impartial function of the largest judicial body in the country.
To sustain the case, New Jersey Democratic Senator Bob Menendez cited the Garza v. Hargan case of 2017 where an undocumented and detained immigrant teen asked for an abortion that was granted by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, but was rejected by Kavanaugh on the grounds that "the delays in the case were not an undue burden on the girl," the report continues.
Menendez also recalled cases in which Kavanaugh rejected the possibility of allowing undocumented immigrants to unionize, and others implicated the possibility that the nominee was the escape route for President Trump if he were to be tried in a political trial.
The fears of the Hispanic representatives are not completely unfounded.
According to an analysis by Remezcla, Kavanaugh's court record seems to indicate that "he will use his position on the nation’s highest court to limit, and potentially reverse, many rights and protections that Latinxs currently enjoy in areas such as immigration, reproductive rights, health care, education, criminal justice, and voting rights.”
In addition to the case against the union of undocumented immigrants, the report warns that if Kavanaugh reached the Supreme Court, he could "weaken the legal protections for Dreamers and asylum seekers" because he believes that "American presidents should have expansive power, including the ability to not enforce laws that they deem unconstitutional."
If confirmed, the report concludes, "Kavanaugh could not only uphold Trump's extremist anti-immigrant laws but also support the president's choice to ignore (already existing) immigration laws."