Texas Judge Placed on Leave after Non-citizenship Discovered

In Texas, over 200 people commended the current statements and practices regarding immigration laws.

County Sheriff Jim Kaelin stated, “I enforce the law. I don’t enforce immigration law, I need my (jail) beds for people who hurt other people.”

He said if necessary he will take a public stand on the issue itself.

“If I’m asked to take a stand, I will take a stand against SB4,” Kaelin said of providing testimony to the state House of Representatives. 

“I’m willing to lose funding, but the question is will the county judge?” Kaelin later asked.

However, standing in opposition was Corpus Christi Immigration Coalition. They questioned Jim about the county’s ties with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and if the bill would hurt “sanctuary practices in the city.”

According to breitbart,

Officials in Corpus Christi, Texas, placed a municipal court judge on unpaid suspension when they learned she is not a U.S. citizen — a requirement for the position.

After learning Judge Young Min Burkett was not a citizen, City officials placed her on unpaid leave for 90 days to give her time to complete her citizenship process, according to Corpus Christi Mayor Pro-Tem Lucy Rubio. The City did not disclose how they learned about her lack of citizenship.

Mayor Pro-Tem Rubio told the Associated Press that no one asked her about her citizenship during the hiring and qualification process. He also said she never attempted to deceive anyone or misrepresent her background.

However, the Department of Homeland Security Employment Eligibility Verification form, I-9, asks, under penalty of perjury, if the applicant is a citizen, noncitizen national of the U.S., a lawful permanent resident, or an alien authorized to work. The City did not disclose if Judge Burkett filled out the form, how she answered it, or who verified the information on the form.

Rubio reported that Corpus Christi City attorneys have reviewed the circumstances and stated that rulings Judge Burkett made during her tenure remain valid and lawful.

While Judge Burkett did not return calls from reporters, her husband sent a statement to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, USA Today reported. “The job posting specified only the ability to work in the U.S.,” he stated. “She has never made a representation that she is a citizen.” He said she obtained legal permanent resident status in 2007.

Corpus Christi Mayor-Elect Joe McComb told reporters at KIII ABC3 he believed the matter to simply be a paperwork error. “Did the City make a mistake in not asking the right question?” the mayor-elect said, “I don’t think there was any intention by anybody, City or applicant, and so, you make a mistake, you admit it, and you move on and that’s what we’re doing.”

Mayor Pro-Tem Rubio chairs the City’s Municipal Court Committee. She said she is not convinced the city attorney’s opinion is correct and this could be more of a wait-and-see situation. She told KIII reporters, “Someone can come back and say, ‘You know what? I’m going to say I don’t agree with her decision, and I’m going to challenge it,’ and they have every right to challenge it.”

A local attorney told the Corpus Christi ABC affiliate the revelation “could prove problematic when it comes to challenging those rulings.”

A Facebook page claiming to be Judge Young Min Choi Burkett states she began working as a municipal court judge in March 2015. Prior to that, the page claimed she worked in the Nueces County District Attorney’s Office for nearly seven years. The page lists Burkett’s place of birth as Seoul, South Korea.

The city attorney’s office and the judge did not return calls to local news outlets.

4 Comments on Texas Judge Placed on Leave after Non-citizenship Discovered

  1. Typical American workforce doing a half-a$$ job in their duties. Again, rules don’t apply to me! Unless that judge lied on her I-9 form, she is innocent of any wrong doing on her part. The wrong doing is wholly on the municipality that hired her, they should have asked the right questions and done proper vetting. The fault resides with the HR process that processed her paperwork, however, if the “judge” is schooled in the laws of our country, she should have known that only a US citizen can pass judgement on a fellow citizen so I’m guessing she really isn’t a very good attorney.

  2. A Lawyer who didn’t know the requirements to be a judge,
    Is a bad lawyer and will be a bad judge
    A lawyer who knew the requirements to be a judge and took the job any way,
    Is a crooked lawyer and will be a crooked judge.
    Either way, she’s a loser. Cut her loose and try again.

  3. Check all their judges, for citizenship, prison for them if they are working as a judge and are not a citizen.

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