U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel is back in the news, and no, it’s not because President Trump is calling him a “hater.”
Last year, Donald Trump claimed Curiel was too biased to handle the Trump University case because Curiel is of Mexican descent. Trump claimed his stance on Mexico and desire to build a wall would work against him in the case. Though Judge Curiel was born in Indiana, Trump took every opportunity he could to undermine the judge’s credibility. Several politicians and legal experts came to Judge Curiel’s defense, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, who claimed Trump’s comments were racially motivated. Trump’s attempts ultimately failed, and he was ordered to pay a $25 million settlement on March 31st.
Judge Curiel is back in the news because he is set to oversee the case of Juan Manuel Montes Bojorquez, the recently-deported DACA recipient.
As mitú reported, 23-year-old Montes came to the United States at the age of 9, but in February he was deported to Mexico, despite his valid status as a DACA recipient. The deportation caused outrage and set a dangerous precedent that DACA recipients could be deported, despite President Trump’s promise to show “great heart” towards people in Montes’ position.
After filing a complaint to the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of California on Tuesday, Montes’ case was coincidentally assigned to Judge Curiel, the Washington Post reported. Montes’ case states that he was not provided with the necessary legal documentation for why he was being deported to Mexico.
Since his deportation, Montes has been living with his aunt and uncle in Mexico while he waits for his day in court.