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Is It Legal For Undocumented Immigrant To Practice Law?


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: law, politics, illegal immigrants rights, usa, politics, news, government, ethics )

Cal
- 480 days ago - npr.org
On Wednesday, the California Supreme Court holds oral arguments in a case that will determine whether Sergio Garcia, an undocumented immigrant, can become a licensed attorney.



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Jae A. (321)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 11:12 am
It isn't that he is an 'illegal',it's the fact that he wants to be a lawyer as well...It's not as if we don't have enough blood suck lawyers in this country already.... that I find disturbing.
:-)
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 1:35 pm
Thank you for the important article. I would think he would have to have a Visa or documentation at the very least.
 

pam w. (191)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 4:17 pm
Then....what's next? He runs for office? He becomes Governor? Suppose the Taliban sneaks illegals in, through the gaping southern border. (A genuine worry, by the way.) Suppose they educate a few members and then put them to work, defending terrorists?

What the HELL are we doing?
 

GGmaSheila D. (169)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 5:46 pm
Wonder why he has never been given his green card?? If he was told he had to wait, then I can see no problem with him being licensed, as the state of CA has been keeping him on hold. Yet he went ahead and earned a degree, tho I do agree we really don't need any more lawyers. As I see it, CA was at fault for not taking care of business in 19 yrs...long time to wait for a green card - can't tell me no one else got green cards in all those yrs. Also agree that he shouldn't be allowed to practice until he has legal status here.
 

deb s. (145)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 6:06 pm
not acceptable that is some of what is wrong in this country is that we make these allowances if the rest of us have to be full fledged citizens so do those who think they can without creditals
 

Phillip Ferrell (14)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 6:22 pm
If I got in trouble in another country I'd want an American lawyer.
 

Katie D. (112)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 8:10 pm
I find it terrible that he wants to be a lawyer and doesn't even realize how important it was for him NOT TO BE AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT!!l! Never even got a citizenship especially if he thinks he should be here!!?? Be sure to check and see if the lawyer you need is a ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT !!!! HOW DID HE GET THIS FAR?? WHAT ABOUT HIS COLLEGE? SORRY SOB SEND HIM HOME!
 

Joanne Dixon (40)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 8:28 pm
My reaction is that he is an extremely brave man to even ask the question. He is laying himself wide open to abuse of all kinds. And, though not a lawyer myself, and though I enjoy a good lawyer joke as much as the next person (have you heard the one that starts with a brass rat in a curio shop?), NOT all lawyers are bloodsuckers, and we can ALWAYS use more of the good kind.
 

Billie C. (2)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 10:35 pm
he wants to practice law but can't be bothered to follow it. he should be shipped out on the next plane.
 

pam w. (191)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 10:45 pm
I've learned more about this situation in the last day and want to amend my opinion (above.)

THIS YOUNG MAN WAS BROUGHT HERE BY HIS PARENTS AT THE AGE OF 17 MONTHS. His immigration status is not his ''fault."

He's as much a product of our society as you and I.....he's passed the Bar exam with flying colors and is obviously going to be a productive member of our society.

I take back my original sentiments and say this......since he's here and since he's been FOR HIS ENTIRE LIFE a US "citizen," we should welcome him UNDER THE "DREAM" ACT and recognize that there are more solutions than just ''black and white."

I was wrong......perhaps some of you might take another look?
 

Jae A. (321)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 11:37 pm
First I want to say that my above first comment....not as serious as some have taken it..or as I might have made it sound without knowing so. Twaz....sarcasm...

Lots of good comments above...some a tad harsher than others but all I think made some excellent points with their opinions, for each side...'for and or against'. Really a sticky mess for him but I have to agree that others might have drop'd the ball as for his green card....and that his family or at least he has remained under the 'legal' radar for this many years. Not the typical situation for certain. At this moment my only other thought is , the court will decide and in reality,in my opinion, is that is who should have the final say.......at this 'late' date.
 

. (0)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 7:35 am
No it isn't. Thanks for sharing, Cal.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (448)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 10:33 am
It comes down to the "Green Card" issue, which he applied for, but he waited how may years, without following this up? As a lawyer, this man should have been pursuing this . He didn't - now his lack of pursuance has bit him in the butt.
 

M Away M. (464)
Friday September 6, 2013, 4:24 am
Jae, I got your first comment!!!

Cal, this sadly is more the norm here in California. Good Grief! and WT??????????
 
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