September 5, 2013

"Undocumented" Immigrant Fighting to be a lawyer

It had to be California where this would happen.  How does an undocumented person go through the entire  education system without this getting flagged somewhere?
SAN FRANCISCO — A majority of California Supreme Court justices appeared reluctant Wednesday to grant a law license to Sergio Garcia, who graduated law school and passed the state's bar exam but has been living illegally in the United States for 20 years.

A federal law passed by Congress in 1996 bars immigrants in the country illegally from receiving "professional licenses" from government agencies or with the use of public funds unless state lawmakers specifically vote otherwise.

"Congress wanted political accountability," Justice Ming Chin said in expressing doubt the court could grant Garcia his license without a specific law enacted by the state Legislature.

Justice Goodwin Liu said it was "commonsensical" that Congress meant to include lawyer licenses in the law.
This case could force to the front burner not only the illegal immigration issue but also issues like states' rights.
 
Kudos to Garcia for seeking to better himself, but part of that process should have been to naturalize himself. 
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