California has rushed another bill, Assembly Bill 1024, into
legistation last week, at the LAST MINUTE WITHOUT the vote of California
voters in acceptance! A recent article in the Sacramento Bee, written
by Peter Hecht, makes note of a particular illegal immigrant who wants a
California License to practice law in the state of California! What a
slap in the face to Californians. This man has been living in our
country for 19 years without ever applying for citizenship, fully aware
that he was breaking a law. He lived here under his mother's maiden
name, fully aware he was breaking a law. He has never paid taxes on any
form of income tax or property purchased of great value, hiding his
assets and using other people's names to obtain such assets, hiding from
law enforcement and other agencies and now he wants to practice law in
"Larry DeSha, a retired prosecutor for the State Bar,
wrote an opposing brief, declaring that “Mr. Garcia is not qualified to
practice law because he continually violated federal law by his
presence in the United States” as an undocumented immigrant." Lawyers
for the U.S. Department of Justice
also opposed Garcia’s appeal in a brief, citing a federal law
prohibiting states from issuing professional licenses for undocumented
immigrants. Even if the state were to approve a law license for Garcia,
the Department of Justice
wrote that “his possession of such a license would not imply
authorization to work in the United States.” But Justice Marvin R.
Baxter noted that federal statutes also appeared to give states the
right to pass legislation allowing the issuance of professional licenses
to illegal immigrants.
“I’m curious as to why the Legislature has not taken up that
invitation,” Baxter said to Garcia’s lawyers, asking, “Do you happen to
Two days later, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego,
introduced urgency legislation on behalf of the California Latino
Caucus. AB 1024, which would allow the California Supreme Court to
license lawyers even if they are not legal residents, passed with
bipartisan support, 62-4 in the Assembly and 29-5 in the Senate.
Brown has taken no position on the bill, according to his office.
Even if the governor signs AB 1024 and the state Supreme Court supports
him, conflicting state and federal laws mean Garcia may face more legal
hurdles before practicing law, said McGeorge School of Law associate dean Clark Kelso.
“The state Supreme Court will not ignore the fact that the
Legislature has adopted (a bill) that being an illegal immigrant is no
bar for being a lawyer,” Kelso said. “That doesn’t mean that it’s over.
The federal position is he can’t be an employee, that irrespective of
whether you’re given a bar license, it’s illegal for you to be employed
Garcia said he wants to pursue civil law, including personal injury
cases and other legal matters “representing the underdog.” But he isn’t
yet renaming the “Offices of Sergio C. Garcia.”
“Until I have that piece of paper in hand and can put the name,
‘Law,’ on my door,” he said, “I’m not going to be comfortable.”" quoted
from Mr. Hecht's article in the September 21st Sacramento Bee online
Mr. Garcia is quoted as saying that he is not going to feel
comfortable with putting the word 'Law' on his door, yet he is doing it
illegally and still giving legal advice and obtaining undeclared income,
dodging taxes against earned income as well as not self insuring for
malpractice coverage, leaving anyone who is misrepresented on their own
due to his having no recorded owned property of value for a lien or levy
in the event of such a suit which means the person he has wronged will
have no way to receive a payout of any such levy or lien. Knowing all of
this, Mr. Garcia continues to break the law yet he is appealing to
Californians for their support in his obtaining a license!
PLEASE SIGN MY PETITION TELLING ALL OF OUR POLITICIANS TO SHOW
ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS THAT YOU CAN'T PAY SMUGGLERS TO GET YOU INTO A
COUNTRY, HIDE FROM GOVERNMENT DETECTION, AVOID IMMIGRATION AGENCIES,
REFUSE TO WAIT FOR A GREEN CARD DUE TO THE BACKLOG OF IMMIGRANTS WHO
WISH TO BE IN THE STATE, AND CONTINUE TO OBTAIN UNDECLARED INCOME ON AN
ILLIGALLY OPERATED BUSINESS YET BE LICENSED IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
TO DO SO!