Comments for: Cultural differences as important as language when serving immigrants in court, lawyers told

Posted Jan. 26, 2012, at 7:32 p.m.

SOUTH PORTLAND | Providing justice to the state’s growing immigrant population requires more than translators, Maine’s legal community was told Thursday at the 2012 Access to Justice symposium. Cultural competency is just as important, said Judge Fern Fisher, deputy chief administrative judge for New York City courts. Fisher gave …

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  • Anonymous

    With all due respect to Judge Fisher, what is required is citizenship and education courses for immigrants.

    • Anonymous

      Just make sure that you, yourself, could pass a test required for citizenship. You’d be amazed how many citizens could not do so.

  • Anonymous

    These immigrants are a product of the booming artificial economic fallacy of wealth creation that has been sold to the American people for the past 15 years.  Of course they feel the pain, we enticed them to come here and then let them down with our unsustainable, welfare state promises. Set up a sustainable free market economy and you’ll achieve a positive reception for immigrants because you will have jobs for them to fulfill.  Provide us with an unsustainable economic approach that attempts to control all activity from a central location and you should expect nothing less than resentment and rejection of your failed attempt to retain the unsustainable status quo.

  • Anonymous

    This has been a major issue for a lot longer than people are willing to accept. We are a nation of laws that are supposed to be fair for all. If you come to this country and expect to bring your draconian laws with you you have another thing coming. If your culture make one gender or one class of people subservient to another leave it at the door. Do not expect our country to let you rule with religion. That will not happen.

    We have a lot of freedoms and will not standby and let you change that just because you were raised differently. You are welcome to our country but be aware of what our Constitution means. If you come here illegally don’t come crying to me about how you are treated here. That just doesn’t wash with me and besides you broke one of our laws to get here in the first place.  Go back and stand in line with everyone else who wants to come here. You See, they are doing it right.

    Anybody who is living in this country will tell after a while it still is the best country in the world. Some within our borders want to change that but as long as we have the right to remain free we will fight for it to our last breath.

    So park your antiquated ideas about how your culture should be followed in our country. It is multicultural so get used to it. You are no better or worse than anyone else. Go out and enjoy the freedoms we have.  By the way, I have a culture also but I don’t demand that anyone adhere to it and it only because that would be pretty stupid of me to assume that everyone else would be better off if they did.

  • Anonymous

    Coddling them does not help them to assimilate to this Great Nation.

  • Guest

    The judge is from New York. Why would we want to do anything the New York way? That place is messed up. This judge could be part of the problem.

  • Paka

    Just send them all back to there country if they don’t  understand the law, This is America don’t like it leave, Most not all just cost us more money state money, My hard working money. Alot live in state housing, get foodstamps, medical etc. Just my thought

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