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California man hopes to use law license to help other immigrants

Published On: Jan 03 2014 07:42:14 AM CST
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif -

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.