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California Grants Law License To Illegal Immigrant

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(WLNS) - The California Supreme Court came out with a historic decision on Thursday.

The court granted a law license to a man living in the United States illegally.

The decision means Sergio Garcia can begin practicing law, despite his immigration status.

Garcia arrived in the US illegally 20 years ago and eventually graduated from law school.

He passed the state bar exam, but was denied a license because of a federal law passed in 1996.

That 96 federal law bars illegal immigrants from receiving professional licenses from government agencies, unless state lawmakers vote otherwise.

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law authorizing the granting of the license.

"This has been a long, long journey going on five years now. I graduated in 2009 and here we are in 2014and I finally have the final piece of the puzzle that allows me to fulfill my dream and finally become an attorney," said Sergio Garcia, Received his License to Pratice Law.

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