Thursday, September 5, 2013

Arguments in Case of Dreamer's Law License

ImmigrationProf has helpful links, a summary of oral arguments Tuesday and video of the arguments before the California Supreme Court, in the case of Dreamer Sergio Garcia, who has applied for admission to the bar. The US takes the position that the federal government's irrational fear of immigrants trumps California's law, under which Mr. Garcia has a right to a law license. Because the hearing addressed the Bar Examiners' recommendation that he be admitted, most of the argument hinged on state versus federal power; but if the California court refuses to admit him, he will have a chance to assert his own rights, which cannot be denied solely because of the irrational animus toward immigrants that the U.S. Congress has expressed.