Illegal immigrants seeking admission to the bar is one of the signs of how badly the rule of law is eroded in the United States. To be an officer of the court is to embrace our system of laws and not seek to ignore them for your personal benefit. Unlawful presence is no different than any other disqualifying crime.

Small Business Opinion Mixed on E-Verify

“Mitt Romney promises less regulation on small businesses, but the immigration plan he supports would add an extra step to the hiring process. Romney has said the nation should follow immigration rules like those in Arizona, where companies are forced to use a federal government program called E-Verify. Business owners are required to check the legal status of all new workers against Social Security and immigration records,” says CNN.

“When asked about bringing the Arizona model nationwide, the Romney campaign did not respond to requests for comment.
But the Republican candidate could find support from those businesses that have tried E-Verify and find the burden minimal compared to the increased confidence that employees are who they say they are. That’s the case for management at eegee’s, a Tucson-area restaurant.”

Illegal Immigrant Seeks Admission to New York Bar

A Staten Islander who came to the U.S. from Mexico illegally as a 5-year-old is asking New York State to let him practice law.
Cesar Vargas, 29, graduated from CUNY School of Law with a 3.7 grade-point average and passed the grueling New York bar exam on his first try,” the New York Daily News says.

“If accepted, Vargas would be the state’s — and maybe the country’s — first lawyer without legal immigration status. But he may have to argue his case in court first.”

Immigration Bills on Deck for Lame Duck Session

“President Obama and Governor Romney presented voters with divergent plans for immigration reform, and Congress is likely to take up immigration at some point within the next four years. But before the 113th Congress begins, legislators will return for a lame duck session that presents an excellent opportunity to pass immigration legislation. With several significant pieces of legislation now pending in Congress, all on issues with substantial bipartisan support, conditions are more favorable than not for some long-awaited action on immigration,” says Michael D. Patrick with the Fragomen immigration law firm.

Norwegians Doesn’t Know What They Are Missing

“Restaurants are much less common in Norway than the United States because Norway lacks the cheap labor — making a dinner out in Oslo prohibitively expensive. In many New York restaurants, the American waiters and hosts owe their jobs to the underpaid illegal immigrants in the kitchen, whose low wages allow the restaurant to exist. The vast agricultural industry in the Central Valley of California might not exist without cheap immigrant farm workers who make it profitable,” says Eduardo Porter in a New York Times blog defending illegal immigration on economic grounds.