Justice Sotomayor: Calling Illegals ‘Criminals is Insulting’

Sotomayor, the first Hispanic to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court went on the record Monday, saying that calling illegal aliens “criminals” is insulting.

That’s an interesting perspective for a judge to have and it might make her job exceedingly difficult is she applies that perspective across the board, to other lawbreaking. Most criminals probably find that word demeaning, but it is what it is. Law breakers have committed a crime and in doing so, are by definition, criminals.

Sotomayor was speaking during a talk at the Yale Law School and was questioned regarding her use of the term “undocumented immigrants” rather than “illegal alien.” She characterized the issue as a regulatory problem, and the labeling of immigrants as criminals seemed insulting to her.

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