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    Illegal Aliens Can't Practice Law, Justice Department Argues

    Undocumented Immigrants Can't Practice Law, Justice Department Argues

    Published August 13, 2012
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    The Justice Department is dashing the hopes of undocumented immigrants who want to practice law in the United States.

    In a brief to the California Supreme Court, the Justice Departments says undocumented immigrants cannot practice law because they are not legally entitled to benefits administered by public agencies—including bar licenses.

    The amicus brief, reported by The Los Angeles Times, challenges the position of Sergio Garcia—a 35-year-old immigrant who fell out of status as a minor.

    Federal law prohibits undocumented immigrants from making use of public benefits issued by a state agency for other entity funded by the U.S. or state governments. The Justice Department argues that the law bars Garcia from receiving a license to practice law, because the California courts receive federal funds.

    “These provisions were plainly designed to preclude undocumented aliens from receiving commercial and professional licenses issued by States and the federal government,” the brief says.

    The restriction on extending certain public benefits to undocumented immigrants can be removed by state law, the brief argues, though no such law for bar licenses exists in California.

    The California case could have implications for undocumented immigrants who practice other professions, a retired justice told The Los Angeles Times.

    "If you take the broad interpretation they are taking, it could have wide ramifications for cities and counties and hundreds of professions that require some kind of license," retired California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno said, according to The Los Angeles Times.

    It’s unclear whether the Obama administration’s new policy to defer deportation for immigrants who came to the country illegally would allow eligible applicants to practice law.

    Garcia may not qualify for deferred deportation, however. Though he was brought to the United States when he was 17 months old, he returned to Mexico at age 9 and then re-entered the United States at age 17, according to The Los Angeles Times. The eligibility criteria for deportation deferral released by the Obama administration require the applicant to have immigrated at age 16 or younger.

    Garcias case is well known in California, where several prominent politicians and even the state Attorney General backed his bid to receive a law license.

    The courts have yet to rule on his case, but he is not the only undocumented immigrant waiting to see if he needs to wait for federal immigration reform before receiving permission to practice the profession he studied for.

    Jose Godinez-Samperio has also asked the state of Florida for permission to practice law, despite being an undocumented immigrant.

    The Florida Board of Bar Examiners said the Mexican immigrant appears to qualify for a bar license, but the board wants an advisory opinion from the state Supreme Court before making a final decision.

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    well you can not Practice law . In our Country wake the hell up
    No amnesty or Dream act

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    If these people truly care about their families in Mexico, they would take their knowledge and return to Mexico and try to change things there.
    Many Americans fought and died to keep our rights and freedoms, that are always trying to be taken away from us.
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    Feds oppose bid by immigrant to be lawyer in Calif

    Feds oppose bid by immigrant to be lawyer in Calif

    By FENIT NIRAPPIL
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    By FENIT NIRAPPIL
    Last modified: 2012-08-02T23:42:19Z
    Published: Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012 - 2:41 pm
    Last Modified: Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012 - 4:42 pm

    SAN FRANCISCO --Federal officials have opposed the attempt of a Mexican immigrant living in the U.S. without legal permission to become a lawyer in California.

    The Department of Justice issued its opinion in a brief released Thursday in the case of Sergio Garcia before the California Supreme Court.

    Garcia has completed law school and passed the state bar exam. The final step to becoming a practicing lawyer is approval by the California Supreme Court.

    Garcia's application is pending, but justices are questioning whether his immigration status means they must reject him.

    Garcia, 35, was brought illegally to the United States by his parents as a toddler and applied for legal residency in 1995 when he was 17. He worked odd jobs and wrote self-help romance books to pay for an education without student loans.

    He didn't expect his immigration status to interfere with his dream of being a civil litigator until the State Bar of California started asking for the immigration status of prospective applicants before he took the bar exam.

    The DOJ argued in its brief that federal law prohibits people who lack legal immigration status from obtaining certain state benefits, including professional licenses, unless state law explicitly grants those benefits.

    Garcia's attorney Jerome Fishkin said California does have a provision in its business and professions code that allows law licenses regardless of immigration status.

    "It's an escape hatch for law applications and law admission for people who are not qualified to have Social Security numbers, which essentially are undocumented and certain out of country immigrants," Fishkin said.

    He criticized the Department of Justice for failing to explain why that provision doesn't apply in the case of Garcia.

    Garcia's supporters conceded that a law firm or government agency could not legally employ him, but they say he can still work as an independent contractor with his own clients.

    The DOJ disagreed, pointing to laws that can punish clients who knowingly hire immigrants without work authorization.

    The examiners of the State Bar of California and state attorney general's office have supported Garcia's application.

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    This applies to the medical field also, but if one reads Dreamers blogs they are taking the classes and awaiting for Obama's Dream Act so that they can get a SS# and Work Permit. Strange since I have read applications for these programs and it states right on them that you cannot take these classes without a SS#. This would seem to mean that they have used fraudlent numbers to gain access to the programs. They in fact have stolen the education of American citizens that cannot get into the impacted classes needed.
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    The DOJ disagreed, pointing to laws that can punish clients who knowingly hire immigrants without work authorization.
    So anyone who hires an illegal alien lawyer can be fined for hiring an illegal alien.
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