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California Bar Considers Admitting Undocumented Immigrant


Aired 7/29/11

Sergio Garcia

— The case of Mexican-born Sergio Garcia - an undocumented immigrant - is unprecedented.

It would be the first reviewed by a California state bar panel since the association of attorneys began asking applicants about their immigration status three years ago.

As a civil lawyer based in Glendale, Arizona, Mauricio Hernandez has been following Garcia's situation.

According to Hernandez, the main concern of the state bar will be that Garcia will not qualify for employment without the proper documentation and he could at any point of his legal career end up detained and in deportation proceedings.

"That's a practical consideration, but it's really more of a risk that Sergio Garcia is going to run," Hernandez said. "That would fall on the applicant, not on the bar itself."

Garcia was brought to the U.S. illegally by his parents when he was 17-months old. This fact should not constitute a violation of moral character, one of the main requirements of the legal profession, Garcia previously told a legal newspaper.

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Avatar for user 'Art32'

Art32 | August 4, 2011 at 8:18 a.m. ― 5 years, 6 months ago

He passed the bar! He should be admitted! Congratulations, nonetheless, for passing such a difficult examination!

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johnnym | August 4, 2011 at 9:45 a.m. ― 5 years, 6 months ago

1. Admit him to the bar
2. Disbar him for breaking immigration laws
3. Deport him

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Missionaccomplished | August 4, 2011 at 11:59 a.m. ― 5 years, 6 months ago

Even JFK jR. coudn't pass the bar the first time around!

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The0ne | August 5, 2011 at 1:50 a.m. ― 5 years, 6 months ago

He was 17 months old, worked hard and be able to pass the bar exam. How can anyone blame him for having to grow up and succeed. How can anyone blame him at that young age and/or at his current age.I find it very exciting and wish I knew more about him and his family.

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nancy | August 5, 2011 at 8:13 p.m. ― 5 years, 6 months ago

Passing the bar is NOT the issue. He has broken our laws. I can't, in my
wildest imagination, believe or understand, why the Ca. Bar Assoc., whose
duty it is to make sure lawyers understand the legal system, and uphold our laws.
is considering, even CONSIDERING, admitting him to the Bar. I say, go back, immigrate legally, follow US laws, and then become a 'legal' lawyer. More shame to the California Bar Association!! This is why our country is going to pot.
Laws?? We don't have them, if it's convient to ignore them...but, the little's jails and fines for all of us
This is an assult and an insult to every law abiding citizen!!!!!.

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