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Undocumented immigrants may get a law license in Calif., but noncitizens still can’t serve on juries

Oct 8, 2013, 11:52 am CDT


Notice the shift from Illegal alien to undocumented immigrants. When is it rewarded for breaking the law?
U.S. Code Title 8, section 1325; Under Title 8 Section 1325 of the U.S. Code, "Improper Entry by Alien," any citizen of any country other than the United States who:
Enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers; or Eludes examination or inspection by immigration officers; or Attempts to enter or obtains entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or the willful concealment of a material fact; has committed a federal crime. Violations are punishable by criminal fines and imprisonment for up to six months. Repeat offenses can bring up to two years in prison.

IF the bar of any state permits an Illegal alien to practice in their state they are violating the code and should also prosecuted. For aiding and abiding.

By Aulton H White on 2013 10 08, 12:51 pm CDT

It would seem to me that given the current rush to grant illegal aliens full rights and privileges entitled to U.S. citizens, that the next logical extension of this mentality is to dissolve the concept of U. S. citizenship - it is obsolete given current political mindset.

Then our illustrious "leaders" can say to the world, 'come on in and to show how much we want you, we will give you the property, rights and privileges of the current residents for coming.' Everyone is equal under the "Constitution."

By fpleti2 on 2013 10 08, 1:18 pm CDT

Well, constitutional originalists love to talk about how the United States is a laboratory of different states with different laws. I guess we will see what, if any, negative consequences this has for the State of California.

Not that I think the naysayers actually care what the end results will be.

By EsqinAustin on 2013 10 08, 1:29 pm CDT

I can see the swearing in ceremony now...

"I solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States and...uhh...wait, can I skip that part?"

Wonder if California accepts students from non-ABA accredited schools to their bar?

By NJD on 2013 10 08, 4:35 pm CDT

So, are we just throwing out the character and fitness test altogether, or is this just a special exception for the suspect class du jour?

By W.R.T. on 2013 10 08, 6:21 pm CDT


Perhaps you were trying for humor but as far as I know, CA doesn't require any kind of law school at all.

By Fred on 2013 10 08, 7:57 pm CDT

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