Gor­such en­cour­ages new U.S. cit­i­zens to tol­er­ate other views

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Sud­hin Thanawala Jeff Chiu, The As­so­ci­ated Press

SAN FRAN­CISCO» A U.S. Supreme Court jus­tice who was in fa­vor of com­pletely re­in­stat­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s ban on trav­el­ers from six mostly Mus­lim coun­tries wel­comed new U.S. cit­i­zens Mon­day, en­cour­ag­ing them to tol­er­ate dif­fer­ent points of view and re­spect peo­ple with whom they dis­agree.

“Democ­racy de­pends on our will­ing­ness to hear and re­spect even those we dis­agree with strongly,” As­so­ci­ate Jus­tice Neil Gor­such, a Den­ver na­tive, told the cit­i­zens fol­low­ing a nat­u­ral­iza­tion cer­e­mony at the 9th Cir­cuit’s ju­di­cial con­fer­ence. “In a govern­ment by and for the peo­ple, we have to re­mem­ber those with whom we dis­agree, even ve­he­mently, still have the best in­ter­ests of the coun­try at heart.”

Gor­such’s visit comes as the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion asks the high court to again weigh in on its ban on trav­el­ers from six mostly Mus­lim coun­tries. Gor­such was among three jus­tices who said in June that the ban should be com­pletely re­in­stated pend­ing ar­gu­ments be­fore the high court, and the jus­tice could not es­cape dis­cus­sion of the ban dur­ing his visit to the 9th Cir­cuit con­fer­ence.

With Gor­such seated next to her, an Alaska high school stu­dent ear­lier in the day read her win­ning es­say on Ja­panese in­tern­ment — a topic se­lected by the 9th Cir­cuit.

Olivia Tafs, 15, com­pared the treat­ment of Mus­lims af­ter the Sept. 11 at­tacks to that of Ja­panese-Amer­i­cans dur­ing World War II. She cited Trump’s travel ban as an ex­am­ple of what she said was eth­nic pro­fil­ing.

Gor­such shook her hand af­ter the speech.

Gor­such was a late fill-in at the 9th Cir­cuit con­fer­ence for Supreme Court Jus­tice An­thony Kennedy, who can­celed his trip af­ter his wife frac­tured her hip in Aus­tria.

The 9th Cir­cuit — the na­tion’s largest fed­eral court cir­cuit — in­cludes the 9th U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals and district and bankruptcy courts in Cal­i­for­nia and eight other West­ern states.

Judges in the cir­cuit have blocked both of Trump’s travel bans and halted his at­tempt to strip fund­ing from so-called sanc­tu­ary cities.

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