Chico man becomes the nationĂ¢??s first officially recognized undocumented attorney

Feb 2, 2014 4:00 PM

Sergio Garcia was brought to the United States from Mexico as an infant. He attended law school and passed the California bar exam in 2009, but found out his license was invalid because he was an undocumented immigrant.

After a four-year court battle, Garcia became the first undocumented immigrant sworn in as an attorney in US history Saturday afternoon.

Last year Governor Jerry Brown signed a measure allowing undocumented immigrants to practice law in California and last month the California Supreme Court passed the law in a unanimous decision.

Garcia said “I’m super excited that my case inspires across the nation. I think independently of whether you were blessed with being born in this country or not, I think a lot of people are being inspired”. Garcia also added that the will continue to work alongside immigrant rights groups, urging law makers to pave the path forward in immigration reform.

If you are interested in learning more about Garcia, Action News Now reporter Brian Johnson interviewed Garcia in September and that interview can be found here.


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