Despite entering the U.S. illegally when he was a child, a New York appeals court recently ruled that Cesar Vargas should be able to obtain his law license. After successfully passing the bar, Vargas petitioned the court for such permission, ultimately receiving a favorable verdict.
The court’s decision found “no legal impediment or rational basis for withholding the privilege of practicing law in the state of New York from undocumented immigrants who have been granted [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] relief.”
Several online commentators responded to the incongruous message this decision delivered. One reacted succinctly:
So now you can break the law and still practice law.
As controversial as this decision has become, the California State Supreme Court took this issue even further last year when it ruled in favor of a prospective attorney by granting illegals the right to practice law.