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Who Understands America's Constitution Better, a US Federal Judge, or Immigrants Who Have Just Become US Citizens? Roger Algase

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According to a November 19 report in the Huffington Post, a US federal district judge, while presiding at a naturalization ceremony in San Antonio, gave a group of immigrants at that ceremony their first "lesson" in American constitutional principles at that ceremony.

According to the report, Judge John Primono said the following to the new U.S. citizens, in referring to America's new president elect.

"I can assure you that whether you voted for him or you did not vote for him, if you are a citizen of the United States, he is your president...He will be your president and if you do not like that, you need to go to another country."

Aside from the fact that none of the new citizens at the ceremony could be presumed to have voted at all in this month's election, since they were not yet citizens before the ceremony, there is more than a slight disconnect between the judge's statement and the first amendment to the United States constitution, which allows free speech, including free expression of political views.

Perhaps the judge might have been able to learn something from the statement of one of the new Americans at the ceremony, Mexican-born Rafael Guerra, who, according to the same report, said afterwards:

"The essence of [America] is that you have the right to vote and choose [who] to represent you."

The judge might also wish to take note that nearly 60 million Americans voted against the new president-elect in this election, more than the number of Americans who voted for him, and that while everyone recognizes and accepts the result of that election under our laws and constitution, there are more than a few American voters who "do not like that" when they think about who our president will be for the next four years.

Should they also leave the country?

The Huffpost report about Judge Primono's statement is at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/...b099512f833cf8

And in another, unrelated, story which also casts doubt upon whether the laws of this country will be interpreted and applied in a fair and impartial way after the new president takes office when the rights of immigrants are concerned, the Huffington Post reports that during a 2006 Senate speech, the new Attorney-General designate, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) stated that "almost no one" from the Dominican Republic had the skills to benefit America, and that a large number of immigrants from that country were engaging in sham marriages to gain legal status in the United States.

Senator Sessions did not mention any names, but one has to ask whether he was thinking of Dominican Americans such as designer Oscar de la Renta when he made his speech about people from the Dominican Republic who allegedly have no skills. The Huffpost story can be found at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/...b030997bbf8ded
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Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School who has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants from diverse parts of the world obtain work visas and green cards for more than 35 years. Roger's email address is algaselex@gmail.com



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Updated 11-20-2016 at 10:37 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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  1. Unregistered222's Avatar
    You're just about right Roger! Sham marriages are becoming huge problem for this country, especially since now they are being used by mozlem terrorists to get in and kill innocent American citizens. So, AG Sessions would be absolutely right to crack down on sham marriages domestically. The prison times for sham marriage participants should be at least doubled, if not tripled.

    In a two-pronged approach, new CIA director could start targeting sham marriage networks overseas the same way they target terrorist organizations.

    In addition to that, it would be wise for president Trump to push congress to eliminate K-1 visa completely, as an unchecked source of sham marriages Godspeed to you AG Sessions in putting criminals behind bars for a very very long time
  2. Devos's Avatar
    2 years ago (11/20/2014) President Obama sold smoke & mirrors to the immigrant community...still today no immigrant-rights advocates criticize those mediocre "executive actions" and the authors of this blog seem to dodge that point.
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