A volunteer lawyer who advocates for immigrants in Texas filed a lawsuit Monday against the state for denying her a license to practice law.
Tanya Baca said she was denied her Texas licenses in January after she failed a background check.
She said she is now suing the state to get the licenses reinstated.
Baca is a volunteer in the Texas Civil Rights Project, a nonprofit organization that helps immigrants with immigration issues.
She said she started her law practice in Austin in 2005 and moved to Houston in 2008.
She is licensed in Texas.
She was one of more than 10,000 people who applied for a license and was denied.
She is one of three volunteers who have filed the lawsuit, according to the Texas Tribune.
The other two plaintiffs are attorneys in the ACLU of Texas.
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Bacos lawyers, Michael Eisner and Andrew Hensley, said the denial is an unconstitutional overstep of government power.
They said the license is needed to perform immigration-related activities.BACA is a licensed attorney in Houston, which is about 1,300 miles (1,800 kilometers) away from Dallas, according the Texas Department Of Licensing And Regulation.
Baxter is the second Texas volunteer to file suit against the Texas Attorney General’s Office in the past month.
That case involves a group of volunteers who are trying to stop the city of El Paso from enacting a new ordinance restricting who can live in certain neighborhoods.
Bach, who was born in Mexico and raised in Mexico, filed a similar lawsuit in March against the same office.