Undocumented Immigrant turned Attorney
The issue before the Court was whether the IIRMRA of 1996 would prevent Mr. Garcia from getting his law license. The law prevents an undocumented immigrant from obtaining a professional license unless state law allows it. The California Supreme Court recently passed just such a law allows individuals to receive law license irrespectie of immigration status. That recent change allowed the Supreme Court to rule in Mr. Garcia’s favor.I hope this case will serve as an example for other states. For example, in Florida, courts are considering Jose Manuel Godinez-Samperio for admission to the bar. Mr. Godinez-Samperio came into the U.S. as a tourist and has since been grated Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DREAMer). Only time will tell how Florida will handle the issue.
Although, Mr. Garcia now has his law license in California. He still can’t be employed until he can achieve legal status. It is important for undocumented immigrants to understand that education can lead to a better life. Too many young immigrants leave high school or don’t go on to college because they don’t see any benefit. What is the point of getting an education, if you can’t get a better job. Well, Mr. Garcia has an answer to that. Become an entrepeneur. He will start his own law practice.