California Legislature Passes Bill Allowing Undocumented Immigrants To Practice Law

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Garcia, who applied for legal residency in the mid-1990s, first moved to the United States when he was an infant. He later left at age nine, but returned when he turned 17. He’s been in the U.S. ever since. 

Gov. Brown has not announced a position on the bill, but either way, Garcia will have a difficult time succeeding in his chosen profession. Legal scholars argue that no law firm could legally hire him. However, Garcia insists he will continue his fight to practice law.

“This is about trying to live the American dream,” he said, “And showing other immigrants that hard work and dedication does mean something in this country.”

What do you think? Should Garcia be allowed to practice law? 

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Cristina Arreola, Associate Editor

Cristina Mari Arreola is the Associate Editor. Originally from El Paso, Texas, she earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New York City. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or frantically reading a novel from her (extremely lengthy) reading list. See what she's reading now on Goodreads, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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