Immigrant fights to become California lawyer

PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press
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Sergio Garcia in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Sergio Garcia in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Sergio Garcia’s request that the state Supreme Court grant him a law license was met with resistance and skepticism by several justices because he is living in the United States illegally.

A federal law bars the use of public funds to benefit residents living here illegally. The arguments before the state high court Wednesday morning boiled down to whether taxpayer dollars will be used in the licensing of Garcia.

The state Supreme Court is in charge of licensing lawyers. The Obama administration argues since the court is operated with public money, it is barred from licensing Garcia.

Garcia’s lawyer and the California State Bar argued otherwise, insisting that the court was not covered by the law because of the specific authority it has to grant law licenses.


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