United States: the first female Afro-judge takes office at the Supreme Court – United States – International

The United States wrote another memorable page in its history on Thursday by Ketanji Brown Jackson has been sworn in as the first black woman to serve on the Supreme Court.

(Read: The first African woman to serve as a US Supreme Court justice.)

The nomination of this 51-year-old woman by Democratic President Joe Biden it means white men are no longer in the majority on the nation’s highest court for the first time in 233 years.

(You’re interested: This is Ketanji Brown, the first black justice of the United States Supreme Court.)

Jackson’s swearing-in took place this afternoon at the Supreme Court, just as the departure of his predecessor, Justice Stephen Breyer, who decided to retire, became effective.

He first swore allegiance to the Constitution before Chief Justice John Roberts, then swore to perform the duties of his office before Breyer.

Although its confirmation is an important step, this will not change the conservative majority of 6 magistrates against 3 of your progressive at the Courtimposed during the previous command of Republican magnate Donald Trump (2017-2021).

The Court has been heavily criticized for its latest rulings, which expand civilians’ right to bear arms, eliminate the right to free abortions in the country and limit the government’s power to reduce greenhouse gases.

Amid this court’s vicious assault on the health, liberty, and security of Americans, she will be an indispensable force for equal justice for all.

“As Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson takes her seat on the Supreme Court, our nation takes a historic step toward realizing our highest ideals,” said Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Caucus Leader in the Lower House of Representatives. Congress. , it is a statement .

Jackson is sworn in as he wins the support of three Senate Republicans in a grueling confirmation process and at times blunt, giving Biden a 53-47 bipartisan endorsement for his first Supreme Court nominee.

The nomination presents an opportunity for the Biden administration to bounce back from a string of bad news in recent months, with ratings leaving the president languishing below 40% amid runaway inflation ahead of the midterm elections. in November.

Above all, it allowed Biden to show black voters who saved his faltering 2020 primary campaign that he can deliver with them.

The Supreme Court on Thursday authorized Biden to abolish the “Stay in Mexico” program, an immigration policy put in place by his predecessor, Donald Trump (2017-2021), which forces asylum seekers to wait until their case be resolved outside of the United States. .

In its second decision of the day and the last of this period, the highest court in the United States has ruled in favor of limiting the power of the government’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate emissions of polluting gases emitted by power plants.

INTERNATIONAL WRITING
*With EFE and AFP information

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