June 20, 2012

CA State Bar: Let Illegal Immigrant Practice Law

The California State Bar stands behind Sergio Garcia and has declared in a court filing that the illegal immigrant should be allowed to practice law in California. However, the California Supreme Court has put Garcia’s application on hold as it considers the ramifications this case could have on undocumented immigrants and their eligibility to practice law in California. Bob Egelko of the SF Gate reports:
“The court cited two federal laws as potential obstacles. One prohibits illegal immigrants from receiving any ‘state or local public benefit,’ including a professional license provided by a ‘state agency.’ The other prohibits employers from knowingly hiring illegal immigrants.”