Donald Trump thinks U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel is biased against him and should recuse himself because “he’s a Mexican. We’re building a wall between here and Mexico.”
If Curiel isn’t fit to judge Trump, is Trump fit to be Commander-in-Chief of a military with over 10 percent who share Curiel’s heritage? Or are those soldiers fit to serve America? Would Trump purge the courts and the military?
I don’t know if Trump’s aware of this, but the law of the land, the Immigration and Nationality Act allows these biased people (who aren’t even citizens) to serve in the U.S. military. In fact, they are automatically naturalized if they meet certain qualifications.
In 2009, President Obama established the Naturalization at Basic Training Initiative for the Army, which gives “noncitizen enlistees the opportunity to naturalize when they graduate from basic training.”
Since 2009 USCIS has expanded the initiative to the Navy, Air Force, and finally to the Marine Corps in 2013, giving enlistees of these branches equal opportunity to (in most cases) leave basic training as U.S. citizens.
In 2008, there were more than 65,000 immigrants (non-citizens and naturalized citizens) serving on active duty.
Latin American (including Mexicans) troops made up 38.7 percent of these, with 23,926 serving. The same statistics show that 10.5 percent of the armed forces are of Hispanic origin.
Are these soldiers fit to serve?
A man who believes that a judge cannot be impartial based solely on his parentage surely believes that soldiers with much less education would never be loyal to a man who is “building a wall between here and Mexico.”
Who else would be unfit? Surely Muslims would be unfit in any capacity–they’d have to go. Chinese college professors? Gone. Anyone can see where this leads (and where it has led in the past).
Trump’s remarks just as easily work the other way. A man who believes people can’t be impartial because of their parentage surely is himself irredeemably biased and therefore disqualified from serving as Commander-in-Chief.
If Curiel is unfit to judge, then Trump is unfit to serve.