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Cal. Sup. Ct. Considering Undocumented Bar Applicant

"When the state Supreme Court asked for briefing on whether an undocumented immigrant can be admitted as a lawyer in California, it didn't ask simple questions. ... [T]he court also asked for briefing on any "legal and public policy limitations" on an undocumented immigrant's ability...

Why 'illegal immigrant' is a slur...and why the AP stylebook is wrong

" For the AP to claim that "illegal immigrant" is "accurate and neutral" is like Moody's giving Bernie Madoff's hedge fund a triple-A rating for safety and creditworthiness." - Charles Garcia, July 5, 2012 . [Singing to the choir, see " Call Them Unauthorized...

Editor's Corner: If 'Unauthorized' is Good Enough for the Supreme Court...

Charles Garcia says the phrase "illegal immigrant" is a slur . Ruben Navarrette disagrees . The Supreme Court and I take a different tack altogether. In Arizona et al. v. United States , the majority opinion consistently uses the term "unauthorized" to modify the words "alien...

License Immigrant, Cal. State Bar Urges Court

"In a filing Thursday with the state Supreme Court, the bar renewed its support for Sergio C. Garcia, who was brought to the United States as a toddler, worked his way through college and law school, and awaits the court's verdict on his eligibility to practice law. The new element in the bar's...

American Wins Ten-Year Battle For Citizenship [UPDATED]

"Nothing, not the threat of deportation, not the ensuing 10-year legal battle, not even six years in the Batavia detention center, made Carlos Garcia waver. Even while representing himself – he didn’t get a lawyer until a federal appeals court appointed one eight years into his case...

Cyrus Mehta: Can An Undocumented Lawyer Practice Immigration Law?

"All eyes are focused on whether the California Supreme Court will grant an undocumented lawyer a law license in the case of Sergio Garcia . If an undocumented lawyer like Garcia is granted a license, what would happen if he chooses to practice immigration law? In the past, undocumented lawyers...

New Twist to Racial Profiling: Hunting While Brown?

"Hispanic hunters say they were targets of racial discrimination." - Star Tribune, Dec. 6, 2013 . "All Plaintiffs requested to produce a hunting license produced a facially valid hunting license. ... Pursuant to Minn. Stat. §97A.405, “License Requirements,”a person...

Cal. Sup. Ct. to Release Garcia Decision on Jan. 2, 2014

"In re GARCIA (SERGIO C.) ON ADMISSION, S202512, Argued in San Francisco 9-04-13 In this proceeding, the court ordered the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California to show cause before this court why its motion to admit applicant Sergio C. Garcia, an undocumented immigrant, to...

Cal. Sup. Ct. Admits Sergio Garcia to Bar

"In light of the recently enacted state legislation, we conclude that the Committee‟s motion to admit Garcia to the State Bar should be granted. The new legislation removes any potential statutory obstacle to Garcia‟s admission posed by section 1621, and there is no other federal statute that purports...

For Some Immigrants, There Is No Visa 'Line'

"Sergio Garcia, the Californian granted a law license despite being in the U.S. illegally, has been waiting in vain since 1994 to get an immigration visa. Depending on their connections and home country, the wait for some would-be immigrants is far shorter, but delays of a decade or two are routine...

The Broader Lesson From Garcia's Fight To Practice

"Besides the important ruling that allows for the admission of Garcia to the bar, the case reveals the daunting real-world challenges facing undocumented immigrants who were raised and educated in this country, and who are undeniably American in all respects except for their immigration status."...

CA5 on CAT, El Salvador: Garcia v. Holder

"The IJ and BIA denied CAT protection because Garcia admitted that he could not be sure whether the extortionists were actually police officers, or whether they were criminals impersonating police officers, and because Garcia did not report the incidents to the police. However, government acquiescence...

Honored to Be a Lawyer and a Citizen - Nomination of Minoru Yasui for Presidential Medal of Freedom

"December 31, 2014 The Honorable President Barack H. Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC 20500 Re: Presidential Medal of Freedom—Nomination of Minoru Yasui Dear Mr. President: On behalf of the Colorado Bar Association, I am proud and honored to support...

CA9 on Jurisdiction: Garcia v. Lynch

"We hold that 8 U.S.C. § 1252(a)(2)(C) does not bar review over the denial of a procedural motion, such as a motion for a continuance, that rests on a ground independent from the conviction that triggers the statutory bar." - Garcia v. Lynch, Aug. 18, 2015 .

BIA Upholds Decision to Remove Former Salvadoran Minister of Defense from the U.S.

CJA, Dec. 15, 2015 - " On December 15, 2015, the U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals upheld and finalized the removal order of former Salvadoran Minister of Defense General José Guillermo García. The decision affirmed the extensive findings of Immigration Judge Michael C. Horn that García...