The ruling that an unlawful immigrant can be admitted to the practice of law in California is the kind of thing that will light up talk-show switchboards, and rightly so. But beyond the Bizarro World nature of the decision is a broader issue.
This is only the latest in a series of measures by some jurisdictions to normalize illegal immigration — giving illegal immigrants driver’s licenses; issuing them ersatz Social Security numbers (called Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers or ITINs) by the IRS to enable them to file tax returns and open bank accounts; barring police departments from cooperating with immigration authorities when they arrest illegal aliens. The question to ask supporters of such measures is this: Will you be in favor of barring driver’s licenses for illegals after an amnesty? Will you support prohibiting illegal aliens from being admitted to the bar after an amnesty? Will you support deporting illegal aliens after an amnesty?
This anti-enforcement perspective (even in a bill’s enforcement section!) is important because there will be many current illegals who won’t qualify for even the most generous amnesty likely to be enacted, and there will be new illegal aliens in the future. (In fact, the CBO report that supporters of the Schumer-Rubio amnesty touted concludes that the illegal population would be 7 million a decade after passage, both because of ineligible illegals still here and because of new illegals attracted by the bill’s huge increase in “temporary” worker programs.)
In other words, moves like California’s admitting an illegal alien to the bar are not just about a specific individual nor simply an expedient brought on by the presence of so many illegal aliens. Rather, this is part of a broader effort to erase the distinction between legal and illegal immigrants permanently. Nancy Pelosi didn’t say last month that illegals shouldn’t be deported for now because Congress might pass an amnesty soon; she said that “if somebody is here without sufficient documentation, that is not reason for deportation.”
For all of Mark Zuckerberg’s money, for all of Haley Barbour’s lobbying, for all the leftist street theater, this is the amnesty-pushers insurmountable weakness: Everyone knows they’re lying. And the illegal-alien lawyer just reinforces that perception.