In her courtroom, Judge Young Min Burkett usually hands down the law. But evidently, she’s been skirting it, too.
Burkett is on leave from overseeing the municipal court in Corpus Christi, Texas, when officials learned she’s not a U.S. citizen.
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That’s right — a foreigner has been prosecuting, convicting, and sentencing people to jail in the heart of the Lone Star State.
Burkett came to the United States from South Korea to study law at Texas Tech University. She graduated in 2005, then became a Nueces County prosecutor.
But eventually the word got out that she’s never even applied for U.S. citizenship.
“South Korea doesn’t allow dual nationals like many other countries, so that’s why we hadn’t applied before now,” her husband, Nathan, told the local newspaper.
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He didn’t explain why, if her South Korean citizenship meant so much to her, she didn’t just stay there.
City officials say it’s all their fault. They never even asked about her immigration status before city council appointed her as municipal judge in 2015, then turned around and reappointed her to the court this February.
So, what did they do when they found out she’s not an American? Deport her? Reverse every case she’s decided?
Corpus Christi Mayor Pro-Tem Lucy Rubio put her on a 90-day unpaid leave, so she could apply for U.S. citizenship.
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The Texans she prosecuted may want to try to have their convictions overturned on a technicality – but they’re out of luck. “The (city) legal department has reviewed this matter and determined that the past rulings of this judge are not invalidated by this status,” said Rubio, who is a Democrat.
Even more shocking, everything Burkett did appears to be just barely legal.
Nothing on the books in Texas says that you have to be a U.S. citizen to practice law. The State Bar of Texas’ website says she is “eligible to practice in Texas.”
Burkett breaks a few of the Left’s stereotypes about immigrants. She’s not exactly “powerless” — but then again, neither are most illegals.
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That doesn’t come as news to anyone who’s ever been raped, molested, or murdered by one – or any Trump supporter roughed up by a whole group of them at a campaign rally.
And as a municipal judge, she’s not exactly “doing jobs Americans won’t do.” Burkett makes $97,935 a year, plus benefits.
Burkett’s story breaks as President Donald Trump has unveiled his new, get-tough policy on illegal immigration. His budget proposal would ramp up enforcement and charge up the deportation force.
The Trump budget asks for $75 million to hire 75 new immigration judges and their staff members. Right now, more than 560,000 illegal immigrants are still in the country because the immigration courts can’t even process their cases. The judges are overwhelmed by existing cases.
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The president also plans to hire 40 new U.S Marshals to patrol the border, 70 new immigration enforcement prosecutors, 20 lawyers to defend the government’s immigration laws against the ACLU and its amnesty cronies, and $145 million to build the wall on the Mexican border.
He’s getting tough. He’s keeping his promises — which is what got him elected in November.
If he fails, Hillary Clinton or the next Democratic president may have a job for Burkett: Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Right now, a majority of Supreme Court justices — Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan — believe the U.S. Constitution should be interpreted based on foreign law. So, why not cut out the middle man and import foreign judges to make laws for us?
Judge Burkett has had no comment on the story since it broke.
— The Horn editorial team