Court notes non-existent government translation services.

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009
By: Jonathan MontagJ.D.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision today,  Toj-Culpatan v. Holder. The case deals with whether an alien filed a timely asylum application. In its legal analysis, the Court writes:

First, Petitioner fails to explain how his inability to speak English is extraordinary for an alien nor how it prevented him from timely filing an asylum application in English, especially given that the government makes translators available to immigrants who do not speak or read English.

I wonder where these government translation centers are.  I have never seen one. They must be near the “death panels” office block and the UN Black Helicopter parking lot.  I wonder where the judges (Kozinski, Hug, and Bea) got such a quaint idea. From another world?  December 2, 2009.



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