Maryanne Trump Barry, a retired U.S. federal judge and older sister of former president Donald Trump, has died at the age of 86.
According to reports, Judge Trump Barry died at her home on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
Trump Barry was appointed to the U.S. District Court for New Jersey by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. In 1999, she was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit by President Bill Clinton.
It was from that appeals court that Judge Trump Barry would issue a dissenting opinion in the case of Malachy McAllister, the Belfast man who for years, and ultimately unsuccessfully, battled deportation from the U.S.
She wrote: "I refuse to believe that 'Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free . . ' is now an empty entreaty, but if it is, shame on us. We cannot be the country we should be if, because of the tragic events of Sept. 11, we knee-jerk remove decent men and women merely because they may have erred at one point in their lives. We should look a little closer; we should care a little more. I would ask — no, I would implore — the Attorney General to exercise his discretion and permit this deserving family to stay."
Malachy McAllster, in an ironic twist, was deported during the Trump administration.