DURHAM, CA: Sergio Garcia, 35, earned his law degree three years ago and passed the bar exam on the first try. But he must pursue the right to a lawyer’s license because of his immigration status, in flux since 1994 when he returned from Mexico to rejoin his family and finish high school. Garcia has spent most of his life here, his father and most of his siblings are citizens, but the bogged-down federal visa process, particularly for Mexican immigrants, has slowed his quest for legal status. The State Board of Bar Examiners agrees, urging the state Supreme Court to give Garcia his law license.
For full article see: Immigration debate keeps law school graduate a few steps from his dreams – San Jose Mercury News. Howard Mintz covers legal affairs. Contact him at 408-286-0236. Follow him at Twitter.com/hmintz.
See also Florida Court To Rule: Can A Lawyer Be Undocumented? : NPR (5/9/12)
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