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California Grants Law License to Undocumented Immigrant

The California Supreme Court ruled that a man who has lived in the United States in an undocumented status for 20 years will be permitted to obtain a law license to practice law in California. This is yet another sign of giving status to the millions of undocumented immigrants living in the United States.

The Supreme Court actually was simply siding with State officials in that California had recently passed its own law allowing undocumented immigrants to receive a law license.

The man, Sergio Garcia, had spent years working in the fields after being brought to the United States

by his father. His family-based visa case has languished in the immigration system because Mexicans are in a class of visas that takes many more years than usual to become current.

Curiously enough, the Obama administration opposes the granting of law licenses to illegal immigrants unless the individual States pass their own legislation allowing it. This is a somewhat odd position given that the administration has taken numerous steps to allow benefits to undocumented immigrants, including deferred action for childhood arrivals.

Until Congress acts to pass comprehensive immigration reform, the States will continue to handle the immigration issue on their own and we will have an uneven result.