So what if you’re required to be a US citizen to hold a certain position in the United States? Well, Judge Young Min Burkett may have skipped on that requirement. Officials in Corpus Christi, Texas, placed Judge Burkett, a municipal court judge, on unpaid suspension when they learned she does not have US citizenship.
According to Corpus Christi Mayor Pro-Tem Lucy Rubio, after learning about the judge’s citizenship status, City officials decided to place her on unpaid leave for 90 days to give her time to complete her citizenship process. The City, however, did not disclose how they learned about her lack of citizenship. Rubio also confirmed that Corpus Christi City attorneys have reviewed the circumstances and stated that rulings Judge Burkett made during her tenure remain valid and lawful.
Rubio also told the Associated Press that no one asked Burkett about her citizenship during the hiring and qualification process. He also defended her by saying that she never attempted to deceive anyone or misrepresent her background.
However, the Department of Homeland Security Employment Eligibility Verification form, I-9, asks, under penalty of perjury, if the applicant is a citizen, noncitizen national of the US, a lawful permanent resident, or an alien authorized to work. The City did not disclose if the South Korean filled out the form, how she answered it, or who verified the information on the form.
Texas Judge Young Min Burkett Committed FRAUD by allowing her appointment as judge to proceed. She should be fired! https://t.co/lvn5PW6xZE
— Peni Basse (@pmbasse) May 18, 2017
REFLECTION. Municipal court judge Young Min Burkett (Corpus Christi) on unpaid leave. She is not a citizen. Our poor country. SMH
— Kevin Macomber (@KevinAMacomber) May 18, 2017
In an email to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Burkett’s husband wrote: “She has never made a representation that she is a citizen.” He said she obtained legal permanent resident status in 2007.”
Corpus Christi Mayor-Elect Joe McComb told reporters at KIII ABC3 he believed the matter to simply be a paperwork error. “Did the City make a mistake in not asking the right question?” the mayor-elect said, “I don’t think there was any intention by anybody, City or applicant, and so, you make a mistake, you admit it, and you move on and that’s what we’re doing.”
According to Brietbart, a Facebook page claiming to be Judge Young Min Choi Burkett states that Burkett began working as a municipal court judge in March 2015. Prior to that, she claimed on her page that she worked in the Nueces County District Attorney’s Office for nearly seven years.
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