Jorge Ramos speaks out on SB1070 ruling, navigates journalistic impartiality
Blurring the line between advocate and journalist, Univision anchor Jorge Ramos publicly disapproved of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Arizona’s immigration law Monday. In particular, the vote to uphold the “papers, please” provision of the law by Judge Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic justice on the Supreme Court, came as a shock to the Spanish-language anchor.
“Surprised that Judge Sonia Sotomayor voted in favor of the police acting as immigration agents in Arizona. She could have stopped it, and she did not,” he tweeted in Spanish shortly after the ruling was released.
The provision, which requires law enforcement to check the legal status of individuals they suspect of being in the country illegally, was not struck down by the court, and will “only create more persecution and discrimination in Arizona and other states,” he said.
Ramos called Monday “a sad day for the Hispanic community,” in an interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC World Report.
However, Ramos’ clear disappointment with the ruling and Sotomayor’s vote seems at odds with the common journalistic practice of maintaining impartiality — at least publicly. Ramos, who was en route to Mexico to cover the country’s presidential election, did not respond by deadline to questions regarding his own opinions on immigration or why he found Sotomayor’s ruling “surprising.” Univision representative Jose Zamora wrote in an email to The Huffington Post that Ramos’ disappointment was rooted in his worry for the Latino and immigrant community.
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