How can a law-breaking lawyer practice law?

Article subtitle: 
An immigration enforcement advocate contends that by allowing an illegal immigrant to be licensed/ practice law, State of New York is encouraging law breaking
Article author: 
Chad Groening
Article publisher: 
One News Now
Article date: 
9 June 2015
January 2016
Article category: 
National News
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Earlier this month the New York State Supreme Court's Appellate Division made a decision to allow, for the first time, a law school graduate who is in the country illegally to practice law in the state.

Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, says the court is making a mockery of the rule of law.

"We have generally throughout our history held lawyers to a high standard, that if you yourself are in violation of the law ... you cannot be recognized before the bar," he explains. "And yet you have states like New York and California that are breaking down those very important legal barriers ..."

Cesar Vargas graduated from the City University of New York School of Law in 2011 and was able to pass the bar exam. At first the state refused to allow him to be certified because he is an illegal alien, but he kept battling in the courts and finally prevailed ...