Saturday, July 19, 2014
Carlos Tiburcio Bea is a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2003. Born to Cuban parents in Spain, Judge Bea immigrated first to Cuba and then to the U.S. While attending Stanford, he played basketball for the varsity team as well as for the Cuban Olympic team in the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki. Prior to his appointment as a federal judge, Judge Bea ran his own law office, specializing in civil trial practice, and also served as a trial judge on the San Francisco Superior Court from 1989 to 2003. He has taught courses at Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, and lectured at Stanford Law School. Among his honors, Judge Bea was named Honorary Vice Consul of Spain from 1979 to 1993 and received the Pro Bono Recognition Award from the State Bar of California, in 1989.
In an address to the Board of Immigration Appeals and Immigration Judges in 2007, Judge Bea told about his immigration history: "Every immigrant has a story. You see before you an immigrant who was once under an order of deportation. You might be interested in the story and how I came to be ordered deported, but obviously was not." Judge Bea at one point faced deportation from the United States for a technical violation of the immigration laws and recounts how the fact that he played college basketball for Stanford helped him obtain relief from deportation.
Judge Bea was one of the judges on the Ninth Circuit panel in Arizona v. California and concurred in part and dissented in part to the majority opinion's invalidation of four provisions of Arizona's SB 1070. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the Ninth Circuit on three of teh four provisions.