California Court Allows Undocumented Immigrant to Become Attorney



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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, January 02, 2014

Sergio Garcia, of Chico, can now practice law in California. The court cited a new state law as the reason for its ruling.

That law allows the court to license undocumented immigrants as attorneys. It was inspired by Garcia, who was first brought to the United States from Mexico as a baby. He eventually graduated from law school in California and passed the bar exam. But he could not practice because he is not a citizen.

Calif. Supreme Court Press Release

Garcia said the new law is a source of hope.

“Not only for undocumented immigrants, but just for our youth in general," he said. "I think it’s a wonderful thing, it sends a wonderful message that dreams can become a reality, that the American dream is still alive and well in California.” 

Garcia may still face some challenges from the federal government. The Department of Justice has opposed his efforts to be licensed.

 

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