Form I-9, the Department of Homeland Security Employment Eligibility Verification form, clearly asks for clarification of one’s immigration status.

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.

That’s her. (Image via

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.”

Fear not!

“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.


  • Rob Patriot

    “The city attorney’s office said they reviewed their paychecks, realized they work for the city, and decided in favor of the city, to the surprise of no one”. Two years worth of easily winnable appeals.

  • True.Epic.Crusader

    Love me long time, judge!

  • Hairatic Rick

    It was done by an ancient oriental secret process called “yingBpulled”

  • Pablo Jay

    At least a clown show is funny.

  • HT

    “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.

    Ummm, no, actually they are not. Which the forthcoming lawsuits will prove. Not only should the judge be fired, but the city attorney should have his/her license to practice law revoked.

  • JuanCarlos

    It will all work out. She checked the “Native American” box.

  • freenclear

    Did this dink even go to law school? How can you spend that many years as a law student, attorney & Judge and not drag your sorry ass down to INS and make yourself legal? Lazy liberal twat.

    • Danlantic

      Yes and more. Bar associations normally require a candidate to report in detail every run in with the law including traffic tickets. Forget to mention one and you can be a law clerk at best.

      That is, most bar associations. It looks like the Texas bar fell down on the job. She should be disbarred for the little omission.

      (Foreign nationals are accepted to the bar because they work cases in international business law and may have to argue in courts in more than one country.)

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  • Wilbur Stakler

    give us the names of the ass holes that gave her job back

  • DaisyToo

    I suppose she figured if it worked for the “Constitutional Scholar and Community Organizer” it would work for her. So far, so good.

  • Mark Burns

    I bet she voted for Hillary too.

  • Someone I used to Know

    Yeah, this is outrageous. But frankly it would be incredibly bad for almost everyone to invalidate thousands and thousands of court cases.

    Whoever was part of the hiring process should be fired immediately.

    • chas

      BS! It needs to happen. What, are you one of those that do not believe actions have consequences?

      • Someone I used to Know

        I literally included that there should be consequences to people in my short post, and you ask if I think actions don’t have consequences?

        Pretty stunning stupidity. A marvel, really.

        Do you not know what invalidating court cases means? Because it doesn’t mean “put the judge in jail” so I don’t know why you’re implying I’m advocating against consequences for the judge, because I’m not.

  • Dan Bennett

    Hell, she’s probably a better judge than the imbeciles on the 9th circuit.

  • Dan Bennett

    BTW, to you alleged conservatives who have to do your version of the old “pull the corners of your eyes and go ‘ching-chang-chong'”, fuck you and the spavined horses you rode in on. You’re not conservatives, you’re simply cretins. Shadilay!

    • Ken Beals

      whatever dan … it is still a serious concern. And your assumption she’s better than 9th circuit is lame.

      • Dan Bennett

        If she’s a member of the bar, which she presumably is, and sitting on a municipal bench, I don’t see that it matters a bit whether she was a citizen when she took the job or not. You reckon that ine of her decisions in General Sessions court is going to set a precedent that will undermine a cherished Constitutional right? Right,

    • chas

      WTF are you talking about?

      • Dan Bennett

        The geniuses with their transposed Rs and Ls and their “love you long time” bullshit. The sort of halfwits that give thoughtful conservatives a bad name. I’d like to see them move en masse to the Democrats, thus thus raising the average IQ among Republicans.

    • Gibson

      Hey Dan Bennett. Fuck You, your false accusations, and the High Horse you like to sodomize.

      • Dan Bennett

        It appears that English isn’t your first language. Or the second. But keep trying, some day you may actually be able to write an intelligible sentence.

        • Gibson

          Eat a dick loser.

  • Victor Labinsky

    She should be deported, that is fraud. How can a non citizen be a judge?

  • Mike Shefler

    Of course, noone who is not a citizen could possibly make a correct judgment .

    • Gibson

      Not the point at all. What if that judge sentenced you to jail? Would you not want to exercise your rights to a fair trial?

      • Mike Shefler

        So you’re saying that even though she has a law degree and passed the bar exam, it is impossible for her to hold a fair trial? What exactly is your definition of “fair”. How does not being a citizen automatically make it unfair?

        • Dan ✓ᵈᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

          Fair is irrelevant legally. Do you think the courtroom is about truth? Hint. It isn’t. We all wish it was, but the truth is the one who argues better wins. Truth be damned, it’s not profitable. If a judge is required to be a citizen, appeals will be granted as the whole damn thing is invalid. Trust me, a good lawyer (i don’t claim to be a good lawyer) will argue that the sky isn’t blue, and if you can convince a jury, the sky will be declared red.

        • Gibson

          Because you are judged by a jury or jurist of your peers not illegals and not criminals that should be facing a judge themselves. People get off for small technicalities all the time. This is a huge technicality.

  • Clybourn

    I’d hit it…

  • vaderslith

    just more evidence that our government is corrupt to the core..

  • disgustedvet

    Let the appeals and lawsuits begin, all at tax payer expense of course. So great to live in a Country where they have different sets of rules for everyone.

  • Lotsa Snuggs

    i think the “fruit of the poisonous tree” doctrine is applicable here….if the judge was sitting unlawfully, than any ruling by said judge would also be unlawful. this usually applies to the collection of evidence, but i don’t think this is much of a stretch.

  • Thomas Houser

    Maybe the balls weren’t dropped. Perhaps they were just fondled.

  • Noriko Takeya

    She KNEW she was not a citizen of the US!

  • BooBooBaby

    She must be a DemonRat Libt4rd! They always bend over and break the law for their own!
    Sickening! Never for Legit Legal Citizens….who may be Conservative/lean Right.

  • Hung Le

    Don ‘t worry !!! Every case she will judge by ….CHINESE CUM-MUNIST LAW !!!! GOOD LUCK !!!!! MAKE THE FIRING SQUAD READY !!!!!!!!

  • Patrick Henry

    Constitution prohibits US Citizens from being subjected to rule of foreign powers or potentates. Non citizens, whether, local, state, federal must be a US Citizen to administer any regulatory power over a citizen. Had this problem with a county admin until truth of residence was revealed. Being Canadian in a local gov position ended his career. Same with state regulatory agency. Asked to meet with a person,asked if he was US CITIZEN THEY CHANGED that meeting to another person. If there is doubt, ask the question, demand citizen to citizen contact, do not accept aliens here on green card

  • ranterator

    Are we sure this is not one of those lifelike robots that robotist in Japan are making?

  • mike

    It is reckless to dismiss these Marxist State,city,& Federal Politicians as simply incompetent! They are fighting a war & it is for the future of our nation!
    Either we remain a constitutional Republic or become another failed socialist experiment or worse a Stalin,Mao, Or Hitler dictatorship

  • Bill

    Lawyers are picky about needing a license to practice law. Taking this a step further, a defense attorney would be all over a judge not being qualified by reason of citizenship. A judge practicing law not being a citizen should be against the law.