Illegal immigrants may soon become lawyers in California
September 23, 2013
A bill that would allow illegal immigrants to become lawyers is sitting on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk. [SacramentoBee]
Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez introduced Assembly Bill 1024 as urgency legislation earlier this month after the California Supreme Court heard oral arguments in case over whether an undocumented immigrant who passed the state’s bar exam can receive a law license.
The Supreme Court Justices expressed reluctance in granting undocumented immigrant Sergio Garica a law license because a federal law prohibits immigrants who enter the country illegally from receiving professional licenses from government agencies, unless states pass laws allowing the practice to occur.
After justices said the state could pass a law granting illegal immigrants the right to receive law licenses, the bill rushed through the Legislature, passing the Assembly 62-4 and the Senate 29-5 just prior to the end of the legislative session.
If Brown signs AB 1024 into law, it will allow the state Supreme Court to license lawyers whether or not they are legal residents.
Brown’s office said the governor has yet to take a position on the bill.