Fox News reports on the order issued by Chief Judge Theodore A. McKee of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. McKee instructed U.S. officials to intercept a 34-year-old mother and her 12-year-old daughter on a plane Friday and immediately return them to the United States. The pair, in the United States illegally, were being deported to their native Guatemala.
“If the government is unable to intercept Petitioners at the airport, they must locate Petitioners in Guatemala and return them to the United States as quickly as possible,” Judge McKee wrote in his June 19 order.
The fact that the “Petitioners” are in the United States illegally is of no consequence to Judge McKee, nominated to the federal bench by Bill Clinton in March 1994. McKee was confirmed June 8, 1994 by a voice vote, rather than the usual roll call, so there is no record of which senators voted “yea” or “nay.”
The Third Circuit, based in Philadelphia, has appellate jurisdiction over the Districts of Delaware and New Jersey, and the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania. It also has appellate jurisdiction over the District Court of the Virgin Islands.
In this 1:30 minute video clip, McKee discusses biases and concludes with this thought: “How in the world can we say that those [our] biases don’t affect our judgments?”
And all along Americans foolishly believed it was adherence to the law.