California Court to Hear Case of Illegal Alien Seeking to Be Lawyer
California’s Supreme Court is set Wednesday to consider whether an illegal immigrant is eligible for a license to practice law in the state, in the latest case to pit the federal government against a state over immigration policy. The Justice Department said Mr. Garcia is forbidden from obtaining a license by a law Congress passed in 1996, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
“The federal government is also opposing an attempt by an undocumented immigrant to gain admission to the Florida bar. Unlike Mr. Garcia, Jose Manuel Godinez-Samperio qualified for the Department of Homeland Security’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and is now authorized to work in the U.S., according to his lawyer. The Justice Department said in court documents filed with the state Supreme Court that the authorization doesn’t entitle him to a professional license.”
Longshore Union Walks From AFL-CIO Over Too-Tough Amnesty Bill, Obamacare
“The International Longshore and Warehouse Union has cut ties with the AFL-CIO, citing in part the private-sector union’s support for ObamaCare and immigration reform. In an August 29 letter to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, leaders of the 40,000-member union said they have become “increasingly frustrated” with the federation’s policy positions on such matters as immigration and health care reform. “We feel the federation has done a great disservice to the labor movement and all working people,” wrote Robert McEllrath, president of the San Francisco-based ILWU,” Fox News reported.
Illegal Immigration Impacts Schools Everywhere
Brian Davis, superintendent of schools in Holland, Michigan, is quoted in James Fallows latest Atlantic column on the effects of illegal immigration.
“We have children who come from homes with a million-plus annual income, and ones who come from homes with incomes under $20,000,” he said. “Just under 10 percent of them are considered homeless. When you factor all those variables in, it’s the future of what public education looks like.” Like every school representative we’ve talked with in the Midwest, he began reeling off some of the 20 native languages of his students. “Of course Spanish, but then Japanese, Russian, Tagalog, Korean — we’ve got more Garcias than Vans.”
“The other big factor is the proportion of students and families who are undocumented.” He said that — by definition — he didn’t have a precise number, but “From talking with adults or asking students about their friends, the number is higher than anyone might expect. It could easily be 30 percent or greater.”
Rep. Ryan Faces Pressure on Immigration Stance
“Paul Ryan is under pressure to drop his support for revising U.S. immigration laws: His adversaries are running television attack ads against him and warning of a primary challenge to the Wisconsin Republican congressman. Ryan is risking a “showdown with the Tea Party,” said Bob Dane, an opposition leader, in reference to the anti-tax movement that backs primary challenges to some incumbents,” Bloomberg News writes.
“His stance runs against heavy opposition to a citizenship path among fellow members of the House Republican majority. Ryan, his party’s 2012 vice-presidential nominee, has gained some unlikely allies. Among them are President Barack Obama’s political campaign arm, Organizing for Action; some Wisconsin Democrats, and a pro-immigration group funded by Facebook Inc. (FB) Chairman Mark Zuckerberg’s political advocacy organization.”