A federal judge in San Antonio who recently came under fire after he said people who will not accept Donald Trump as their president needed to go to another country has been removed from citizenship duties.
The Office of Chief Judge Orlando Garcia confirmed to KENS 5 Tuesday that Judge John Primomo will no longer be leading citizenship ceremonies, which was part of his duties as a federal magistrate judge.
Judge Primomo came under fire after making statements during a ceremony to welcome new citizens into the country at the Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio Thursday. “He is my president; he is your president and anyone who says he is not, does not belong in this country," Primomo said.
Primomo told KENS 5 he was referring to protestors, including some in San Antonio, who hold signs saying Trump is not their president.
During his comments, he also said people who don’t like President-elect Trump will have their chance to speak during upcoming elections. He also went after NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem in protest of treatment of African Americans in the U.S.
“I've seen these football players…it's come down from national football league players. It's coming down to younger people, who protest things they don't like in the United States, by either kneeling down or sitting down during the national anthem, and that...I detest that. You can protest things that happen in this country. You have every right to protest…but you don't do that by offending national symbols, like the national anthem and the flag of the United States.”
Primomo talked about the election for a little more than seven minutes.
“Now, I’ll get off my soap box,” he said while ending his remarks.
KENS5 tried to verify his voting record, but that information, which would normally be public record, is sealed as Primomo is a federal judge.
Judge Primomo called KENS 5 after the story originally aired. Judge Primomo has claimed that his comments were taken out of context in our report.
In an effort to bring our viewers the most accurate and balanced account of the ceremony and Judge Primomo's comments, we have included two full clips below of the entire naturalization ceremony and Judge Primomo's post interview with KENS 5 Reporter MaryAnn Martinez.
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