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California has just admitted the first illegal to a state bar in the United States.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court granted a law license on Thursday to a man living in the United States illegally who graduated from law school and passed the state bar exam.
The decision means Sergio Garcia can begin practicing law despite his immigration status.
Garcia had challenged a 1996 federal law that bars people living in the country illegally from receiving professional licenses from government agencies or with the use of public funds, unless state lawmakers vote otherwise.
Shortly after the court heard arguments in the case, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a state law that authorized the granting of the license. The new law went into effect Jan. 1.
Garcia arrived in the U.S. illegally 20 years ago to pick almonds with his father and worked at a grocery store and in the fields while attending school.
The case has pitted the Obama administration, which opposes licensing Garcia, against state officials who have supported him.
The Obama position in the case came as a surprise to some, since it adopted a program that shields people who were brought to the U.S. as children, graduated from high school and have kept a clean criminal record from deportation and allows them to legally work in the country.
At a hearing in September a majority of the state Supreme Court justices appeared reluctant to grant Garcia the license, saying the law prohibits them from doing so unless the Legislature acts.
The court is in charge of licensing attorneys in California.
Waitaminute Mr. Sergio Garcia, or whatever your name really is. Just because Barack Obama can’t prove he’s in the country legally, it doesn’t mean any old Third World lettuce picker can come in here and act like the laws don’t apply to him.
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