12 Idaho Critical Legal Stud. J. 1 (2018)

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Idaho Critical Legal Studies Journal 2018 Symposium  Keynote  Address
By Idaho  Supreme  Court Justice Jim Jones


       One of the subjects that I have talked about a lot in my guest opinions is immigration and

refugees. And of course, as Moniquel said, we are a nation of immigrants; and we started our

immigration to this country about seventeen-thousand years ago, give or take, at which time we

didn't having rising seas. People came over from Asia across the bearing straights and settled in

here. From that point forward, everybody that has arrived here has immigrated [] from some place.

And, one of the things that I have always loved is the poem or sonnet that Emma Lazarus wrote

back in 1883, The New  Colossus, and what she said: Give me your tired, your poor, / Your

huddled masses yearning to breathe free, / The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these,

the homeless, tempest-tost to me, / I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

       You know,  that was written at a time when America had just come out of the Civil War.

We  were climbing to greatness, and since that time we have become a moral beacon to the world.

We  became  the economic power-house of the world, and we are envied, or at least we were, by

many  nations. And the reason we reached that pinnacle is because of the work of immigrants and

their descendants. We need to keep that tradition going because we are also becoming an aging

nation. We have the lowest birth rate that we [have] ever had in the nation's history. People are

getting older, and there are about six persons contributing to social security for every one that was

receiving benefits. In 2035, there will be two people contributing for every person receiving

benefits, and we can't do it.

       Congress is not going to take care of it. Congress is not going to fix Medicaid or Social

Security, so we have got to have more people coming into this nation or we are going to stagnate


1 Monique Lillard, Professor of Law at the University of Idaho College of Law. Professor Lillard gave a brief speech
to introduce former Chief Justice Jones as the keynote speaker.


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