Form I-9, the Department of Homeland Security Employment Eligibility Verification form, clearly asks for clarification of the immigration status of the applicant.
There are but four choices on the form for that section: the applicant is a citizen, a noncitizen national of the US, a lawful permanent resident, or an alien authorized to work.
These four choices are listed underneath a statement that reads “I attest, under penalty of perjury, that I am (check one of the following boxes)” in bold type.
The form is standard for all employees regardless of occupation, and it’s generally completed alongside any other new hire paperwork to ensure it’s completed correctly.
We point this information out to illustrate how unfathomable it is that there was some confusion on the immigration status of Judge Young Min Burkett.
As Breitbart reports, Burkett has been practicing as a judge in Corpus Christi, Texas since March 2015 an “administrative error” was discovered earlier in 2017; she was not a U.S. citizen.
It’s unclear if she completed the form or if it was verified, and it doesn’t appear that she was asked about her status during the hiring process. That sounds bad. However, Breitbart shares that Mayor Pro-Tem Rubio states that Burkett “never attempted to deceive anyone or misrepresent her background.’
After the big reveal, Burkett was suspended so that she could complete her naturalization process, and she’s been reinstated by the city council after doing so.
Sounds like a happy ending to a warm and fuzzy story, right? Not so fast.
Burkett was issuing rulings for two years before the error was discovered. As Breitbart points out, “this raises questions about the legality of her rulings during the period where she did not have the qualifications to be a municipal court judge.”
“The city attorney’s office said they reviewed the circumstances and stated that rulings Judge Burkett made during her tenure remain valid and lawful,” Breitbart adds.
How convenient that it all worked out!
We’re trying to decide which part is more stunning here – the fact that so many balls were dropped, or the fact that the judge is being reinstated as if nothing happened.