Today, President Biden nominated Federal Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for the Supreme Court. This comes a month after Justice Stephen G. Breyer announced his retirement. She would be the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court and is considered by Biden to be “one of the nation’s brightest legal minds.”
Judge Jackson has served on the D.C. Circuit, as a clerk for Justice Breyer, as a public defender, and as a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission. In immigration, Judge Jackson has previously challenged former President Trump’s attempt to expand the category of undocumented immigrants eligible for fast-track deportations by issuing a nationwide preliminary injunction.
Judge Jackson is a reminder that courts do matter.
This is how the internet reacted to Judge Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court:
Members of Congress celebrated the nomination:
Ketanji Brown Jackson is an intellectual heavyweight and highly regarded jurist who has dedicated her life and career to the service of others. I applaud President Biden for making history with this nomination, as well as for making the perfect choice.
— Mondaire Jones (@MondaireJones) February 25, 2022
— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) February 25, 2022
The first Black woman nominated to the Supreme Court is a former public defender.
Our first voice on the Court in its 233 years has a career of standing up for those most in need.
Say it with me, y’all: Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson.
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) February 25, 2022
Before her formal nomination, the National Immigration Law Center highlighted her extensive immigration record:
More on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's immigration record👇 pic.twitter.com/bCmriUO5OM
— National Immigration Law Center (@NILC) February 18, 2022
Her understanding of U.S. immigration law has been rightfully noticed:
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is one of the most brilliant federal jurists alive today, and is the only judge I have come across to fully comprehend the complex morass that is U.S. immigration law. Kudos to @POTUS on this one – he could not have made a better choice. #TeamKBJ https://t.co/RcIhE8y47E
— Amy Maldonado 🗽 (@AmyMaldonadoLaw) February 25, 2022
"In 2019, she blocked the administration from expanding a policy known as expedited removal that allows the government to quickly deport immigrants who crossed the border illegally without involving immigration courts." @WSJ #BorderCrisis https://t.co/X7ExvkFVrE
— Hayden Sparks (@HaydenJSparks) February 25, 2022
A Federal judge has blocked Trump’s attempt to include legal migrants in his fast-track deportation policy.
🗽This process was designed to exclude immigration judges.
— Kenya ☮️ WHPA:(202) 224-3121☯️ (Commentary) (@LandseerNewfie) September 28, 2019
"In the third decision, U.S. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson in DC blocked the admin’s proposed policy to expand to the entire country the so-called expedited removal process that bypasses immigration courts."
— Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) October 1, 2019
Judge Jackson has been dreaming of this moment for a very long time:
From CNN’s @Arianedevogue:
High school senior Ketanji Brown Jackson:
“I want to go into law and eventually have a judicial appointment.” pic.twitter.com/0rvgzRBQyH
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 25, 2022