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Illegal Immigrants Can Now Become Attorneys in Utah

Illegal Immigrants Can Now Become Attorneys in Utah



The Utah Supreme Court on Thursday announced it had approved a rule that allows undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, otherwise known as “Dreamers,” to become lawyers.

Last two graduates of Brigham Young’s Law School petitioned the court for a rule change that would make it possible for them — and any other fellow undocumented immigrants in the state — to take the bar exam and practice law in Utah, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Both women had been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status after being brought to the U.S. as children.

On Thursday these “Dreamers'” dreams became a reality as the court announced the change.

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Previously, the Utah bar did not limit admission to U.S. citizens, but it did prohibit “those who cannot establish that they are legally present” from becoming attorneys.

There is now a pathway for undocumented immigrants, who are already allowed to enroll in state schools and pay in-state tuition, to be allowed to take the bar exam and practice law following Thursday’s change.

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Since entering the White House in 2017, President Donald Trump has moved to end former President Barack Obama’s DACA program, which protects immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children from deportation.


Cover image: Migrants caravan members wait in line to receive donated items from a church group outside a temporary shelter in Tijuana, Mexico, on Nov. 28, 2018. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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