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.
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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More New Laws
Victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking in California no longer have to worry about being fired or discriminated against at their workplace under a new state law now in effect.
With all the new laws taking effect in California this year we wanted a quick and fun way to share the stories with our listeners. Explore the new legislation from teen drivers to immigration within this interactive graphic.
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