Supreme Court of California Rules Undocumented Immigrant Can Obtain License to Practice Law

According to a San Jose Mercury News article, the Supreme Court just ruled unanimously that Sergio Garcia, an undocumented immigrant of many years, can obtain a license to practice law in California.

Garcia graduated from law school and passed the California bar exam.  However, whether California could legally issue him a license to practice law was unresolved.  The Attorney General of California and the California Bar Examiners supported Garcia but the Obama administration argued that federal immigration law prevents such licensing unless a state adopts a specific law allowing law licenses for illegal immigrants.  That is exactly what the California legislature did.  After which, the U.S. Department of Justice abandoned its opposition, paving the way for the Supreme Court’s ruling.

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