The Supreme Court is divided. That’s not up for debate. The sun rises in the east, the Pope is Catholic and the nine justices of the Supreme Court disagree.
Until they don’t.
That’s right folks, in a time of record-breaking disagreement, left and right, men and women, millennials and boomers, the entire Supreme Court agreed that Refugio Palomar-Santiago, an illegal alien from Mexico should not be allowed to challenge his deportation following a DUI conviction.
The surprising statement of agreement came in the form of a 9-0 opinion penned by Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, an appointee from former President Barack Obama, who gained the stamp of approval from her side, as well as the conservatives all the way over to Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas.
But before the warring factions in America put down their torches and pitchforks and call it a day, let me just tell you the details of the case.
It was 1988 (that’s right, the American justice system is just getting around to dealing with an issue that started before this writer was born) and Palomar-Santiago was convicted of a felony DUI by a California state court, you know, back when CA still thought illegals could commit crimes.
According to The Western Journal’s report, at the time, the DUI was considered an “aggravated felony” and was grounds for deportation of the illegal alien. However, it was 1998, 10 years later, when Palomar-Santiago was deported to Mexico following an order from a federal immigration judge who waived his right to appeal.
But deportation was the last of this scrappy wanna-be American’s concerns. Just like he did the first time, Palomar-Santiago found a way to creep back into the United States again, illegally of course, because let’s be honest, he’s a felon and when we’re screening, we screen those out.
So on top of his DUI, this gem has also broken federal immigration laws twice at this point, but depending on when that second entry was, he likely had a good long stay here in the States. It wasn’t until 2017 when Palomar-Santiago was officially indicted for his illegal re-entry into the United States.
“At the time, the Mexican national challenged the indictment, citing the 2004 case Leocal v. Ashcroft, in which the Supreme Court ruled that a DUI was not sufficient grounds to deport an illegal alien,” The Western Journal’s Samantha Chang said.
“The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals — a longtime bastion of left-wing activist judges — affirmed a lower court’s decision allowing the dismissal of Palomar-Santiago’s indictment for illegal re-entry.”
It was this bleeding-heart liberal cause that saw the nine justices on the Supreme Court agree to hear the case, just so they could hand down their unanimous ruling that put cases like this one in its place.
The federal law that the SCOTUS leaned on states that “In a criminal proceeding under this section, an alien may not challenge the validity of the deportation order … unless the alien demonstrates that — the alien exhausted any administrative remedies that may have been available to seek relief against the order; the deportation proceedings at which the order was issued improperly deprived the alien of the opportunity for judicial review; and the entry of the order was fundamentally unfair.”
The Supreme Court said Palomar-Santiago struck with his illegal bat making contact with none of the three.
Despite her Obama heritage, even Sotomayor was unable to agree with the alt-left court that sent Palmer-Santiago’s case to their desks, saying in her opinion that the “Ninth Circuit’s interpretation is incompatible” with federal law.
And that is the story of how nine Supreme Court justices all became fed up enough with the lunacy of the left to all agree on an immigration case.
And that, my friends, is as close to a feel-good story as you’ll get around here.