Capitol Alert
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September 12, 2013

Legislation allowing undocumented immigrants to practice law in California is headed to Gov. Jerry Brown after a final 60-3 Assembly vote.

Emerging last week as a gut-and-amend bill, Assembly Bill 1024 represents a direct response to a case before the California Supreme Court in which Sergio Garcia, an undocumented immigrant who was brought to the country as a young child and eventually passed the state bar exam, argued that his immigration status should not interfere with his ability to practice law.

“This bill is about bringing justice to deserving individuals and equality for all,” said Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, the bill’s sponsor. She pointed to enrollment data showing that multiple undocumented immigrants are currently enrolled in California law schools.

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