Immigrant Says Blount Judge Told Her To "Go Home" to Nicaragua

By: Jim Freeman Email
By: Jim Freeman Email

Maryville (WVLT) A Blount County woman says she turned to the court system for protection.

Instead, she says she left feeling shocked, devastated and in tears.

All because of what she says the judge said to her.

Volunteer TV's Jim Freeman has the rest of the story.

Anna Calixto's an immigrant, in the US legally.

She went to court last Friday seeking an order of protection from her estranged husband.

But, she says the judge told her to just "go home", back to nicaragua.

"He tells me you go back to your country. My husband, you go back to your country," Calixto says.

Anna says that's what Blount County Judge W. Dale Young told her last Friday in his courtroom.

It made front page news in today's Daily Times and it's been the buzz around Maryville.

Anna says, "Why go back to my country? I have two children here. He said. 'It's OK.' He says. 'I don't care.'"

Anna says she was in court about an order of protection against her estranged husband whom she says has been harassing her, calling her, and often showing up at her home trying to get visitation with their two children.

According to Young's office, there is no transcript, recording or documentation of what was said during Anna's hearing.

Kenneth Patterson lives in Maryville and read today's newspaper story and says, "I think that it was wrong in the first place for them not to have a reporter in the courtroom, because without a document of what's said, there's no proof about what's going on."

Lisa Barber with Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition says, "It's a shame the community, documented or undocumented, that when they go in front of a judge that their rights to a court are abused. Instead of getting protection, they're told to go back to their country regardless of their status."

Judge Young gave us this statement, "By law, I am not permitted to discuss a case that is still pending."

Katie Monday lives in Maryville and says, "I would feel devastated you know if you can't turn to our court system, who do you have to turn to?"

Anna says, "This is horrible for me. It's no good. I need help for my children."

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  • by Pay Taxes and White Location: Tennessee on Sep 28, 2007 at 05:07 PM
    The woman said her and her husband left the court house crying when I saw the picture there was no tears in that womans eyes and why was she with her husband if she was wanting a order of protection, and i couldnt under stand why her husband was crying he had got what he wanted so something just dont sound wright to me and someone got mad because the didnt get what they wanted sounds like my 12 year old and I think the judge should of told her to take her children back to her country with her we have enought illegals giving birth here so they can stray in the US if she dont fill safe here and she is afrade for her children than take them bake to her country and raise them there.
  • by Voice of Reason Location: U.S. on Sep 21, 2007 at 05:14 PM
    Civil Judges DO NOT provide court reporters. This is the responsibility of the individual parties or their attorneys. Calling Judge Young a "blithering idiot" based upon your inaccurate view of civil procedure is ridiculous. Further, Judge Young cannot respond or defend himself against these accusations as the case is still pending. How about waiting for all of the facts of what has been a one sided media blitz before forming an opinion?
  • by Chris Location: home on Sep 15, 2007 at 06:01 AM
    The judge should not have voiced his opinion. This was not a matter of law and her legal status as an immigrant. We have too many activist judges and have to live with their sometimes outrageous outcomes.
  • by Calvin Location: nonyabiz on Sep 15, 2007 at 02:21 AM
    Only in TN, where an ILLEGAL immigrant can obtain a LEGAL driver's license.
  • by rain4 Location: newport on Sep 14, 2007 at 08:27 PM
    It's not just white people who are disgusted by illegal immigration I know plenty of black people and American Indians who are aggravated by it as well. It's not right that illegal hispanics come to this country thinking the U.S. owes them special treatment. I have 2 daughters that are half hispanic everytime I go to court on child support the father of my child goes in complaining to the judge he can't afford the payments because he is just a poor migrant worker and he gets away with paying as little as possible. Plus no one has even mentioned how prejudice the hispanic population in east TN is toward whites and blacks. I've been in Newport for 10 years and the only prejudice I have seen has come from the hispanic population not the whites or blacks. I don't buy one word of what this woman claims I think she just didn't get her way and is trying to claim racism.
  • by Reality Czech Location: West Knoxville on Sep 14, 2007 at 06:56 PM
    Blount Native and Chris from East TN, Read the story, morons. She's in this country,LEGALLY. Regardless of her immigration status, she deserves fair treatment in the courts. The judge is a blithering IDIOT for not having a court reporter present to record the proceedings. He's left himself wide open for a lawsuit and/or judicial review. He oughta be censured.
  • by Offended White Person Location: Knoxville on Sep 14, 2007 at 10:30 AM
    If you don't like white people, then don't come to this country. The USA isn't made up of ONLY white people! Countries that hate us, hate us because we are a free democratic society, not because we are white. They hate us because we elect our government, we have freedom of speech, we are free to worship how we want, we are free to wear what clothing we want, drive what cars we want, live where we want. Those people that hate us, hate us because we have those freedoms and THEY can not tell us what to do. Your location says "Not in the US". Do you live in a country where white people live? Are you a native there or there legally? How much freedoms do you have? Everyone in this country, no matter what their color is, has the same rights. So your comment about white people is moronic. Why has she been in this country 10 years and can hardly speak English and need an interpreter? More than likely this boils down to, she doesn't understand English either!!
  • by Realist on Sep 14, 2007 at 09:54 AM
    This country needs to be combed from top to bottom & the illegals shipped out. Also if you hire illegals you belong in prison. Simple as that.
  • by Chris in East Tn Location: Polk County on Sep 14, 2007 at 09:50 AM
    If she was here illegally then she needs to go back to her country. I want to know why she was not arrested and turned over to the proper federal authorities and deported. Why do we allow people that are here illegally to use our courts and other public institutions? This person and all others that are in our nation illegally should be deported when they appear in the system. I know that some will say that this will make them go underground but I really don't care. If I was illegally in another country I would not be treated with kindness. I should not be, I would be breaking their laws.
  • by Legal Citizen Location: Tennessee on Sep 13, 2007 at 01:20 PM
    Maybe we wouldnt be so hard on immigrants that are here legally if there weren't so many illegals here. They come over and are committing terrible crimes and using our welfare. Check out the Americas Most Wanted webpage and see how many of them are on there. Most of them. I dont know why you say other countries hate us when we are supporting and helping them out more than we help ourselves and our homeless and hungry. That judge was just saying what most of us are thinking when it comes to how overcrowded we are becoming with illegals. Of course if there is no reporter then how do we really know he said that?
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