In the waning hours of the legislative session on Thursday, a California bill to let undocumented immigrants become lawyers passed the state Assembly and now lies in the hands of Governor Jerry Brown. This bill would allow qualified applicants to become licensed as a lawyer regardless of their immigration status pending California Supreme Court approval. The current law in the state does not allow applicants to be licensed if they are undocumented.
The subject of illegal immigrants in the United States, and particularly in California, has been at the forefront of the Government’s agenda for quite some time. Just a couple of months ago the predominantly Democratic United States Senate passed a bill that would allow for millions of immigrants living illegally in the United States to become citizens. The current state of the bill, however, is unlikely to pass in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.