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J.D. on hold, a life in limbo

At 35 years old, Sergio Garcia is tantalizingly close to a goal he latched on to when he was 10: to become a lawyer. He paid his own way through college and law school, and has passed arguably the hardest bar exam in the country. One impediment stands between him and his dream. Garcia is an undocumented immigrant.

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Legal issues: Agency and appropriation, elephants and mouseholes

For all the political debate over immigration, the legal issue in In re Sergio C. Garcia on Admission is quite narrow. The main question is whether a federal law that prevents undocumented immigrants from receiving “public benefits” including a “professional license … by an agency of the state … or by appropriated funds of a state or local government” applies to the granting of a law license.

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