California Court Grants Law License to Undocumented Immigrant

Sergio Garcia moved to the U.S. 20 years ago to pick almonds with his father before putting himself through law school

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The California Supreme Court cleared the way Thursday for an undocumented immigrant to a get law license, which will make the state the first to open its legal industry to people living in the country illegally.

The case is the result of a legal challenge brought by Sergio Garcia, 36, who came to the United States 20 years ago to pick almonds with his father before working his way through community college, Reuters reports. Garcia went to law school, passed the bar and applied for citizenship in 1994, something he is still working toward, the Associated Press reports.

Garcia is challenging a 1996 law that prohibits government agencies — or groups that use public funds — from granting professional licenses to people living in the U.S. illegally. The case has put the Obama administration, which opposes granting the license, at odds with state officials, including the California Bar Association and the state’s attorney general, who have supported Garcia’s bid.

The ruling in Garcia’s favor comes after the state legislature passed a bill last year authorizing the court to allow qualified applicants into the state bar without regard for immigration status.

[Reuters]

6 comments
wbarstow4
wbarstow4

So a criminal can now practice law. This is great! Another reason to avoid California.

borisroberts667
borisroberts667

Now, before  someone says I hate immigrants or something similar, I'll admit that my wife is an immigrant, as was my mother.  I DON'T HATE immigrants.  


My mother was a legal immigrant, went of to become a very successful Real Estate Broker.   Did everything by the book, including getting here, getting naturalized, getting her citizenship.   My wife did the exact same thing, except isn't a Real Estate person.  


Giving an illegal alien a law license, even CA is trying to give them drivers' licenses, is extremely bad judgement.   If he wants to be a hotshot lawyer, why not in his own country?   It has been shown that he has been here illegally for many years.  Living under the radar.   Not paying taxes (filing income taxes).  What gives this man the right to practice law if he has not been following the law, most of his life?  


This is ridiculous.  

firmsoil
firmsoil

Liberal media time has censored the term illegal alien.

Yoshi
Yoshi

Does this mean he will pay taxes and be eligible for Social Security? Will he be eligible to buy ACA health insurance?

jmlevi
jmlevi

Unbelievable! As an attorney who was a naturalized US citizen before attending law school and subsequently sworn into the Bar of the State of New York, I find this to be a typical ultra liberal California decision that's another slap in the face to all of us who came over (Italy in my case) and followed procedure without any questions or complaints. Just like allowing transgenders to use any public bathroom they want, Men's Women's restrooms. The state has become a dumping ground for degenerates and weirdoes. 

mrbomb13
mrbomb13

A law-breaker being granted a legal license is a blatant and disgusting miscarriage of justice.  That man and all others in his situation should not receive such a license until he/they becomes a naturalized citizen(s) - regardless of how long they've managed to evade detection by authorities.

TIME Magazine and other media outlets should not condone or celebrate this man.  He and the State of California should be roundly condemned by the media for such utter hypocrisy.  This puff piece does not even begin to come close to the appropriate level of criticism. 

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