08/14/2012 10:26 am ET

Justice Department Moves To Prevent Undocumented Immigrants From Practicing Law

The Justice Department is dashing the hopes of undocumented immigrants who want to practice law in the United States.

In a brief to the California Supreme Court, the Justice Departments says undocumented immigrants cannot practice law because they are not legally entitled to benefits administered by public agencies—including bar licenses.

Federal law prohibits undocumented immigrants from making use of public benefits issued by a state agency for other entity funded by the U.S. or state governments. The Justice Department argues that the law bars Garcia from receiving a license to practice law, because the California courts receive federal funds.

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