Calif Court Okays Undocmented Resident as Attorney

Great news for Sergio Garcia, an undocumented resident who went to law school in the U.S. and wants to be a lawyer. A California court has ruled he can be admitted to the bar as an attorney.

“We conclude that the fact that an undocumented immigrant’s presence in this country violates federal statutes is not itself a sufficient or persuasive basis for denying undocumented immigrants, as a class, admission to the State Bar,” the chief justice wrote.

Garcia waited four years for the ruling. More on his case, and that of Jose Godinez-Samperio at the ABA Journal here.

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    This is great news for the new year. (none / 0) (#1)
    by oculus on Thu Jan 02, 2014 at 07:15:53 PM EST

    What does this mean? (none / 0) (#2)
    by Mikado Cat on Thu Jan 02, 2014 at 09:06:59 PM EST
    Passed the bar, but can't legally work?

    Not that I think we need more lawyers, but anybody smart enough to pass the bar seems like a prime candidate to give full citizenship, whats the issue?

    U.S. citizenship is not granted (5.00 / 2) (#3)
    by Peter G on Thu Jan 02, 2014 at 10:17:51 PM EST
    as a reward for academic achievement. Garcia arrived in the U.S. without authorization as a kid.  There is, as you may have heard, no "path to citizenship" for such individuals at this time, without first accepting deportation and getting in the back of the line.

    Such a clumsy, punitive process (none / 0) (#7)
    by Mr Natural on Sun Jan 05, 2014 at 05:40:08 PM EST
    The guy exhibits every quality America wants in its citizens.  Determination, stick-to-it-tiveness, etc., the whole kabloona.

    the problem is (none / 0) (#8)
    by nyjets on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 07:43:48 AM EST
    The problem is he is not an American. He is still a foreigner. What is more, he still entered the country illegally.

    As for the other part of your question (none / 0) (#6)
    by Peter G on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 09:45:05 PM EST
    Yes, that's right. Passed the Bar, approved for a license by the California Supreme Court, but under U.S. immigration law he cannot work for any employer, because they cannot legally hire him. (He can be a self-employed lawyer, however. No restriction on clients hiring him.)

    Ya know (none / 0) (#4)
    by jimakaPPJ on Thu Jan 02, 2014 at 10:24:52 PM EST
    I'm not a fan of ()  (*7 (the words that Jeralyn won't tolerate.)

    But we need to differentiate between the people who were "brought" here as children and adults.

    Was that word... (none / 0) (#5)
    by unitron on Thu Jan 02, 2014 at 11:30:03 PM EST
    ...which you didn't use the one that refers to one's very damp condition after an unauthorized crossing of a border which geographically coincides with the location of a river?

    Uh, no it was not (none / 0) (#9)
    by jimakaPPJ on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 07:20:53 PM EST
    No, we do not (none / 0) (#10)
    by MKS on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 11:58:26 PM EST
    I would provide a pathway to citizenship to many more than just the kids.

    But go ahead and carp about all those people coming here.....Maybe the Republicans can lose Arizona, and even put Texas in play, in 2016.

    You know, in 1993 California had a Republican Governor and a Republican state legislature.  Then Prop 187 was passed.  And, the rest is history.