Illegal Alien Lawyer Says He Deserves to Join Bar
"The 35-year-old Garcia earned his law degree three years ago and passed the bar exam on the first try. But he must pursue the right to a lawyer's license because of his immigration status, in flux since 1994 when he returned from Mexico to rejoin his family and finish high school," the San Jose Mercury News says. "Among other legal questions, the California Supreme Court has asked the U.S. Justice Department to address whether federal law precludes the state from granting a professional license to an illegal immigrant."
"People in the country illegally should not be practicing law," said Ira Mehlman, media director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform. "This is an effort to eliminate the last vestige of the (difference) in people who are here illegally and people who are here legally."