The Obama administration on Thursday said giving an undocumented immigrant a California law license would violate a 1996 federal immigration law.
In a brief filed with the California Supreme Court, the U.S. Justice Department opposed Chico-area law school grad Sergio Garcia's right to become a lawyer as long as he remains an illegal immigrant. The state Supreme Court, which took up the case earlier this year, had asked the federal government for its legal opinion.
Garcia originally came to the United States as a toddler and returned to Mexico at about age 8, returning here for good when he turned 17 to finish high school. He has been waiting 18 years for his visa; his father and most of his siblings are already U.S. citizens.
Process the damn visa already! This should be a non-issue, and the government could render the entire case moot tomorrow if it so chose if the article is correct. If he's had a visa application that the feds have sat on for 18 years, it doesn't seem like his fault he's undocumented.