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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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