Americans have been snookered again. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy J. Kelly has ruled against the reasonable policy intended to halt Central American invaders by requiring hordes from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, who were caravanning by the hundreds of thousands, to first apply for asylum in countries of Guatemala or Mexico they pass through on the way to the United States.
Judge Kelly, a Trump appointee, was confirmed by a 94 – 2 vote to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia September 5, 2017.
Why would Democrats so enthusiastically vote to confirm a Trump appointee?
Though Kelly previously served as chief counsel for national security and senior crime counsel for Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, he began his career as an associate at the 14 office (including a branch in China), international law firm of Arnold & Porter founded in 1946 by Franklin Roosevelt cohorts, where his practice focused on defending product liability cases in state and federal court — hardly a qualification for the federal bench. Later, Kelly was the firm’s “loaned associate” to the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, where he represented indigent clients in civil matters.
Arnold and Porter successfully represented the government of Venezuela in its case against the United States’ Clean Air Act, on the grounds that the CAA violated World Trade Organization agreements.
The judicial vetting process needs to be strengthened.