Last year, the Utah Supreme Court made a ruling that could possibly allow illegal immigrants to qualify for DREAM Act protection and subsequently join the state bar.
The Court proposed a rule on December 9, 2019, that would have this policy go into effect.
Back in October, two women — one who graduated from the University of Utah’s law school, the other from Brigham Young University’s law school — petitioned the court to change a rule in the Utah State Bar to let illegals take the bar exam and practice law in the state. Both women, identified as Jane Doe and Mary Doe, came to the United States as children and were granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. Both were admitted to the bar in California.
In their petition to the Utah Supreme Court, the women’s lawyers contended that they “lacked the intent to violate the immigration laws, have become productive members of our society and attended United States schools, colleges and law schools. … Like many such individuals, both petitioners are otherwise eligible for admission to the Utah Bar.”
The petition asserted “undocumented status does not conflict with an individual’s ability to take and uphold Utah’s oath of honesty, fidelity, professionalism and civility or promise to uphold the Utah and United States Constitutions.”
The Utah Supreme Court issued a statement on December 9, 2019 that it is “beyond dispute” that the court “possesses the constitutional authority to govern the practice of law” in the state. Then, it said it will “move forward on the petition for a rule change;” and called for “public comment on a proposed rule.” It accepted public comments until January 23, 2020.
The new rule’s wording allows DACA recipients to apply for admission to the bar if they hit all the other requirements. Currently, a court statement said that the Utah bar does not limit admission to only American citizens, but it denies admission “to those who cannot establish that they are legally present.”
Anthony Kaye, the legal counsel for the two bar applicants, said the court “interpreted the federal statute, and said it wouldn’t interfere with the court’s ability to regulate the practice of law in Utah.”
Kaye called attention to how the University of Utah allows undocumented students to attend its schools, including the S.J. Quinney College of Law, and lets them pay in-state tuition.
“The system has been set up already to educate people to become lawyers,” Kaye claimed.
The status of DACA remains in limbo. In November, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on President Donald Trump’s decision to get rid of DACA. President Barack Obama announced his DACA policy in June 2012, which then went into effect in August of that same year.
Three federal appeals courts have determined that Trump cannot terminate the program, which protects approximately 670,000 immigrants from deportation. These children accompanied their parents illegally when they entered the United States.
However, during oral arguments, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority seemed to approve of the Trump administration’s decision to abolish the program.
Hopefully, federal courts take this case up.
Such lawlessness cannot be allowed to persist, lest America wants to embrace anarcho-tyranny and encourage more mass migration.
The Trump administration will need to overhaul birthright citizenship, chain migration, and enhance border security to get America’s immigration house back in order.
Similarly, it will need to fill the courts with justices that believe in the rule of law and not buy into the latest social justice trope that’s in vogue.
Southern Baptist Convention Reverses Course on Name Change After BLP Reporting
They say they’re not changing their name.
The Southern Baptist Convention has sought to dispel reporting from Big League Politics on the organization’s planned name change, arguing that the institution isn’t formally changing its name.
To correct multiple inaccurate reports, “We Are Great Commission Baptists” is the 2021 Annual Meeting THEME.
The GCB descriptor was approved in 2012 for churches to use if it would be helpful in their local context.
The Southern Baptist Convention remains our official name.
— SBC Executive Committee (@SBCExecComm) September 17, 2020
But a close look at the American Christian church’s plans relating to its name reveal that it’s played with the idea far more seriously than they’re making it seem.
Reports of a name change first emerged in a Washington Post article published on Tuesday. SBC President JD Greear told the Post that “hundreds of churches” affiliated with the denomination had “committed” to using the phrase “Great Commission Baptist” as an alternative to the denomination’s longtime moniker. The change would come as Greear touts his support of the Black Lives Matter, although he’s been careful in pointing out he doesn’t support any formal organization related to the movement. Greear also is renaming the church he personally pastors with the term.
The SBC’s 2021 convention will also organize under the motto of “We Are Great Commission Baptists.” Sounds a lot like a name change, even if the SBC’s leadership is steadfastly maintaining it isn’t.
The name ‘Great Commission Baptist’ is theologically sound in the Christian religion, but it’s somewhat questionable that the organization’s leader appears to be emphasizing it at a moment in which political correctness is making its entryism into many Christian churches and organizations.
It seems as if the organization’s figurehead is keen to present himself as a liberal-style suburban Evangelical to the Washington Post, but he changed his tune quite quickly when the rank and file membership of Southern Baptist churches learned that he was promoting the idea of a name change.
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