California Supreme Court grants law license to man who has lived in US illegally for 20 years

  • Article by: JASON DEAREN , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 2, 2014 - 8:35 PM

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court granted a law license Thursday to a man who has lived in the U.S. illegally for two decades, a ruling that advocates hope will open the door to millions of immigrants seeking to enter other professions such as medicine, accounting and teaching.

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thunderJan. 2, 1412:56 PM

"I solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California". This is part of the oath that this man will take. How can a person who is not compliant with Federal Law take the oath of office?

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toby3061Jan. 2, 14 1:08 PM

Exactly what America needs...another lawyer and another illegal alien taking American jobs...

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dave22vJan. 2, 14 1:19 PM

I'm not advocating for this but just curious....if here's here illegally, why isn't he deported until his immigration status is legal? That's what we require of folks who overstay their visa.

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bubzkiJan. 2, 14 1:26 PM

Something to note: foreigners can sit for and pass state bar exams. You don't have to be a citizen to practice law, in general, in the US. The seeming dissonance of a lawbreaker sworn in to uphold the law ... isn't actually that uncommon. Convicted criminals are licensed to practice every single year. This was the right decision.

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palsarJan. 2, 14 1:27 PM

This is insane. Let's see this happen in any other country in the world. Why even have a border or border security. Just open it up. The U.S. is the only country that will legislate and vote itself into a 3rd world nation.

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purelogicJan. 2, 14 1:27 PM

Congrats to this guy, but... As an illegal alien, how did he hold all of those jobs? How did he go to school? Why do "illegal" aliens have more rights than US citizens? Can we charge those US citizens who employed him and those who knew he was he illegally for abetting a criminal?

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youcankeepitJan. 2, 14 1:35 PM

What is happening to our country? This guy is here ILLEGALLY. For you deep thinkers, that means HE IS NOT LIVING IN OUR COUNTRY LEGALLY. Yet our liberal judges don't seem to concerned with the laws they vowed to uphold. We are so screwed.

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fraudalienJan. 2, 14 1:50 PM

This is so very wrong and at so many levels. What fraudulent identities did this guy use to gain employment, education for all those years?

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fraudalienJan. 2, 14 1:55 PM

Garcia said his case is about showing other illegal aliens that snealing into the country, sucking up education benefits, hard work and dedication mean something in the U.S...even if it means that laws are useless and are to be flaunted.

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minn12Jan. 2, 14 2:13 PM

Don't they have to do a criminal background check before he gets a license? How many laws did he break, and did he commit felonies along the way? Social Security and/or identity fraud? How about lying on numerous applications throughout his 'career'? California is a prime example of what happens when liberals run things for decades- they already are well on the way to bankruptcy in part due to the millions of illegals who flock there for benefits and services. This is just one more outrage.

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