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Should California Allow Illegals to Become Attorneys?

Updated on October 3, 2013
Sergio is ready to be an attorney.
Sergio is ready to be an attorney.

In the case of Sergio Garcia, he is a recent law school graduate and passing the Bar exam, a grueling three day horror fest where the fail rate is high, Garcia passed on his first try. Lucky dog. For him, it was a long road that began 36 years ago, when his parents came over the border within, barely a 1.5 yrs. old, then the family went back to Mexico when he was 9, where he stayed until returning at 17. Through his dad, a US citizen, he applied for citizenship in 1994. He still has not heard back! Meanwhile, his father worked in farm labor earning $40K a year until he became a beekeeper now earning $100K.

Undeterred, he worked in a grocery store, went to college and then law school in the Chico, California area. Sergio is the kind of illegals America wants. It is a great work ethic story and shows anyone can become anything in America. He graduated from law school in 2009 and passed the Bar and then, without having a license, practiced law getting 15 clients, all Spanish. Then, the Bar told him to cease because they found out he was illegally here.

Many illegals work three PT jobs to survive, jobs that pay $8-9 hr. doing what many others will not do, that shows ambition also, to survive. These workers make citizens lives easier such as a nanny, house cleaner gardener, clerk. All are necessary. But many Americans have also faced economic hard times and because they are not bilingual, many of these jobs are not available to them because of language discrimination. Employers seem to want to please both the sides- those who only speak English and those who speak only Spanish.

The State of California has introduced a special bill that the Governor may sign allowing Sergio to become a licenses attorney in the state. How ironic is this? Sergio is a great illegal to have and yet he broke the law by being an illegal in America, yet, went to college, law school and now California may allow him to be an illegal but legal licensed attorney!

Sergio would take an oath to uphold the laws of America even though he broke them. Most normal lawyers who do this are disbarred. Makes no sense.

Sergio knows he could be deported at any moment being an illegal, even though his parents are legally here. California seems to leaning not in Sergio's favor, it would be undemocratic and elitist if they had any other decision.


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    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Thanks, I hear you!

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      William Grant 

      5 years ago from Wisconsin

      It's not even close to a dilemma.. or it shouldn't be. What are the problems people have with illegals? Criminal element? Stealing jobs? Housing?

      Really? THIS guy? He is doing everything we WANT in an immigrant. He's obeying the law, he's bettering himself, he's a SUCCESS story. His face should be on a poster encouraging other immigrants to work as hard as he did. The ONLY difference between him and a non-story is that he is not technically a LEGAL immigrant.

      19 YEARS waiting!!! Give it to him. If anyone deserves to be the exception, it's people like this man.... Just put the check in the "American citizen" column and move the fuck on. The only people frightened of this man or what he represents are racists and bigots. Who the hell needs them?

      BTW: as an aside... Illegals work THREE jobs at $8-$9 each to survive? I'm an American citizen and I earn $8.40/hr at ONE job in Wisconsin and the MW here is $7.25 and I'm just barely surviving. I apologize if it seems I have very little sympathy for California's immigration or employment problems.... but I really don't.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      I agree, such a dilemma!

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      CJ Kelly 

      5 years ago from Auburn, WA

      Great article. It's these kinds of cases that drive everybody crazy. He's a hard working guy and we need him. Hard to believe he applied back in 1994 and nothing has been done. Ridiculous. Voted up.


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