Should the federal government allow men and women to practice law when their very presence in our country shows contempt for the law?According to the American Bar Association (ABA), the answer to that question is a resounding “yes!”
As reported by LawNews.com,
On Monday, The American Bar Association’s House of Delegates passed a resolution demanding that Congress let undocumented immigrants practice law. The bar suggests that lawmakers should add this block of text to 8 U.S.C. 5 § 1621(d):
A state court vested with exclusive authority to regulate admission to the bar may, by rule, order, or other affirmative act, permit an undocumented alien seeking legal status to obtain a professional license to practice law in that jurisdiction.This requested addition by the ABA is in response to the Trump administration’s effort to make our nation’s immigration policy a federal issue. This, despite the number of sanctuary cites in existence, it kinda is (as confirmed by the 2012 Arizona v. United States ruling).
Already illegals are allowed to practice law in some states:
The Sanctuary State of California, of course, has no problem with illegal barristers and has allowed illegals to practice since 2013. Florida and New York allow it also.But with Trump as president, and Jeff Sessions as attorney general, the ABA is clearly fearful that federal government will take steps to prevent states from allowing illegal immigrants to become attorneys.
Unfortunately for the ABA, having Trump has president also means that this effort may be doomed.The LawNewz.com piece continues:
It will be a huge surprise if this move succeeds under the current administration. Republicans, who have a reputation for pushing stricter immigration laws than Democrats, maintain a (slight) majority in Congress. And then there’s the president. Donald Trump‘s policies don’t tend to favor the undocumented. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have boasted that arrest numbers for both criminal and non-criminal immigrants recently skyrocketed thanks to new executive orders.