East Texans react to Sotomayor's confirmation

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The vote was 68 to 31. Judge Sotomayor will be 111th justice sworn in since the high court was established.

It's hard for Esperanza Ordorica to contain her excitement. Mexican-born and raised in East Texas, she now holds a master's degree and works in East Texas.

"It doesn't matter what you're background is, if you want to be in a certain position and you work hard enough and you take the education, it's proof," said Ordorica.

She says Sotomayor's story is inspiring. The judge was raised in the projects of New York City, ivy-league educated and spent nearly 20 years experience on the bench.

"Don't let other people's opinions - don't let struggles stop you," said Ordorica.

"Her father died when she was just 8-9 years old, and she continued to be successful," said East Texas businessman, Gus Ramirez.

He says Sotomayor's confirmation is proof that America's cultural melting pot is still boiling.

"We were raised that way," he said. "My four brothers and three sisters [were taught] to excel, to love and respect this country [and] to respect the laws."

"We all knew it was a slam dunk," said Price Arredondo, the director of the Hispanic Business Alliance. "As we go down the road, we'll see what type of judge she is, and how she renders decisions. Hispanic, or non-Hispanic, if we find qualified people, let's look at them in the same light."

"Shoot for the moon," said Ramirez. "You may hit the stars! She's going to keep on going."

"Study and you can be whatever you want to be," said Ordorica. "It's the American dream."

Sotomayor will be sworn in Saturday. The Supreme Court returns early next month to hear arguments.

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