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UNITED STATES: Hispanics and the judicial system

Both the Democratic and in the past to a lesser degree the Republicans have chased after minority votes, notably in recent times those of the so-called Hispanics. The Bush administration named one of them, Miguel Estrada, to the Appeals Court of the District of Columbia, usually regarded as a stepping stone to the Supreme Court. His qualifications are good (Columbia University and Harvard Law School), but whether they are outstanding was not discussed among the Hispanics. Instead, Republican and Democratic Hispanics in Congress engaged in a shouting match as to whether he is the best representative of the Hispanics on such issues as immigration. It promises to be a Senate fight like that to which Clarence Thomas was subjected. It is one more proof that the American judicial system is highly politicized.

Ronald Hilton - 9/27/02