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This undated photo provided by the U.S. District Court shows Judge Gonzalo Curiel. Trump is scheduled to go on trial this month in a class-action lawsuit against him and his now-defunct Trump University, potentially taking the witness stand weeks before his inauguration as president of the United States. U.S. District Judge Curiel, the Indiana-born jurist who was accused of bias by Trump during the campaign for his Mexican heritage, will hold a hearing Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, on jury instructions and what evidence to allow at trial. (U.S. District Court via AP)

The judge Trump said was 'biased' due to his 'Mexican heritage' will hear a 'Dreamer' case


Gonzalo Curiel will hear the case of Juan Manuel Montes, a former "Dreamer" who sued after being deported to Mexico.

Curiel was the judge then-candidate Donald Trump bashed for his "Mexican heritage," saying it disqualified him from judging his Trump University lawsuit fairly. Curiel was born in Indiana.

Trump's comments were widely criticized, and House Speaker Paul Ryan called them the "textbook definition of a racist comment."

Juan Manuel Montes Bojorquez was deported in February, marking what advocates say was the first deportation of a former DREAMer under Trump. Lawyers said he forgot his wallet in a friend's car and was pulled over and ultimately deported. He sued the federal government, and his lawyers have argued he has only a misdemeanor on his record, The Washington Post reports.

Curiel, initially appointed under President Obama, was assigned the case at random. 

He handles many cases involving the United States government ... but I don't think legally there's much of an issue here.
Kevin R. Johnson

University of California-Davis law school dean Kevin R. Johnson told NBC News he didn't expect Trump's comments to affect the case, given Curiel's track record as a judge.

The Trump University lawsuit was ultimately settled for $25 million in November.

In 2016, Trump insisted Curiel was "very biased and unfair."

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