It's because people have made it into a "race" issue.
If the person had been an illegal French Canadian, he never would have been allowed to be licensed.
It's as simple as that.
I'd have to agree with that.
One of the interesting points that a friend brought up was what this means for the Character and Fitness application. Generally, you're required to be in compliance with the law. I know people who went through hell because of really minor issues.
The legislature has basically said "If we feel sorry for you, you need not obey the law in order to become a lawyer." Honestly, if that's the case, why not be fair and give everyone a freebie? Why confer this huge benefit to only one group?
Here's the other issue: if this gentleman does violate the law by working in the U.S., is there any chance that the bar would discipline him? No way.
On the other hand, if you lose your job and fall behind in your child support payments you can get ready to have your licensed suspended.
I hate I when things become this overtly politicized.