Sonia Sotomayor Discusses Using Word 'Undocumented' in Court Opinion

The Supreme Court's first Hispanic discusses avoiding labels.
3:00 | 06/22/14

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You choose your words very carefully I think you're the first justice in an opinion to use the word undocumented. Immigrants instead of illegal. -- tell us why you did it and what impact he thought it had. -- -- -- -- -- -- Breaks of one time -- another one time around. Every one at some point two drives a car. Goes -- the speed limit. For reasons that we can try to justify or not -- in our own minds. But every planned to us. Every one tries not to litter but. We. Leave the newspaper behind. Lee. -- drop something and don't bend down to pick it out we you'll break laws. And I can't say consciously unconsciously because most -- require an intent. But it's an intent. Filled with. Good motives good reasons. -- it needs that are particular to the moment. But we do it. Yet we don't think of ourselves as criminals. But yet we've broken the law the label it's -- painful and labels leave impressions. About criminality it's often. Still negative. That we stop thinking about the recent. And with respect to undocumented. Aliens. Most of them. Not all of them have broken. He regulatory and administrative law but some of them have -- for a broken criminal law. And people. -- to individuals. Who were COLT illegal aliens. With broad brushes thinking that there really bad people. But often many of them are not criminals in the sense that make us think of -- -- people. They're not killing other people they are not stealing from other people. Yes I'd kill to deny that they -- breaking the law or else their cases wouldn't come to us. But I think that we should not. Right or be painting -- peoples that seemed more than the situation calls for.

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