A row over Federal Immigration Law
There is a row over Federal Immigration Law and issuing License
The illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act , 1996 says, “Immigrants who are present unlawfully in United States of America for 180 days but less than 365 days have to stay outside U.S. for three years unless they are pardoned.“
Obama has recently made it very clear that issuing a California Law license to any of the undocumented immigrant would be against 1996 Federal Immigration Law.
U.S. Justice Department has stated Sergio Garcia’s right to be treated as a lawyer unlawful till the he is in the status of illegal immigrant. The Supreme Court has directed the federal government to express its legal opinion.
The tale started with Garcia, who has obtained a law degree which has been awarded by the State Bar Board of Examiners and the same has been questioned by the Supreme Court. The Court believes that the awarded degree is against the federal immigration restrictions.
Garcia’s lawyer is disappointed with the non-supportive attitude and he assures that his client will keep pursuing to make his dream true of becoming a lawful U.S. Citizen and to work as a California attorney.
Garcia had arrived USA as a toddler and went back to Mexico. He came to US again at the age of 17 and he is waiting to get U.S. Visa for the last 18 years whereas his other family members have already got one. Garcia is quite hopeful that things would turn in his favour and he will enjoy the citizenship in the days come.
Apart from his own lawyer, Jerome Fishing there is others like California’s Attorney General Kamala Harris and other civil rights groups have supported Garcia for his cause.
Harris opines that including Garcia in the bar is in compliance with the law which allows immigrants (documented and undocumented both) to make contributions to the society.
Justice Department is presenting the argument that the 1996 immigration laws bars anyone from enjoying public benefits which include license for any professional purpose as they cannot be allowed to work like any other citizen.
While the Justice Department has its own logic to follow, Garcia is strongly counting upon the support he is enjoying from various corners. With the help of these supports, he continues to follow his dreams and make them true setting an example for others.