A man who illegally came to the United States two decades ago said he hopes a court ruling granting him a law license will open doors to millions of other immigrants in the same situation.
The California Supreme Court granted a license Thursday to Sergio Garcia, 36, in a unanimous decision. Garcia, who attended law school and passed the state bar exam while working in a grocery store and on farms, can begin practicing law immediately.
Garcia said he hoped the decision would serve as a "beacon of hope" to others in the same situation. He plans to be a personal injury attorney in his hometown of Chico. It's the latest in a string of legal and legislative victories for people who are in the country without permission.