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Continued: California grants law license to illegal immigrant

  • Article by: JASON DEAREN , Associated Press
  • Last update: January 2, 2014 - 11:01 PM

Garcia worked in the fields and at a grocery store before attending community college. He then became a paralegal, went to law school and passed the bar exam on his first try. His effort to get licensed was supported by state bar officials and California’s attorney general.

Two similar cases are pending in Florida and New York, and the Obama administration has made it clear it will oppose bar entry to immigrants unless each state passes its own laws allowing the practice.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris applauded the ruling. Nick Pacilio, a spokesman for Harris, said California’s success “has hinged on the hard work and self-sufficiency of immigrants like Sergio.”

Thursday’s decision is the latest example of changes in immigration policy happening at the state level while an effort to achieve a broad federal overhaul has stalled in the House.

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  • Sergio Garcia, an undocumented immigrant who passed the California bar exam on his first try, near his home in Durham, Calif., on Sept. 13, 2013.

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