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Illegal Immigrant from Chico takes his fight for law license to California Supreme Court

By Jerry Olenyn, jolenyn@krcrtv.com
Published On: Sep 05 2013 06:52:35 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 05 2013 07:50:47 PM CDT
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CHICO, Calif. -

A Chico man, who is an illegal immigrant and aspiring attorney, is making national news.  His case may one day reach the U.S. Supreme Court.

KRCR Newschannel 7 spoke with Sergio Garcia one day after his case was presented to the California Supreme Court.

An optimist, Garcia is also a realist.  His day in front of the California Supreme Court Wednesday in San Francisco didn't go well.

“Well, it was a tough court,” he said.  “I have to agree with that.”

Based on their questions to his attorney and representatives, which includes the California State Bar and Attorney General, the justices seemed apprehensive about allowing Garcia a law license.  Although he has a law degree and passed the state bar, he is an illegal immigrant.  Under current law, his immigration status does not allow him to practice law.   Garcia believes the California high court would support his bid for a law license if state lawmakers came on board.

“If in 90 days they say it's okay for you to have a law license as long as it's okay if the legislature passes a law then I'll be knocking on the legislature's door for their support on this,” said Garcia.

Born in Mexico, the 36-year-old has spent 29 years in the United States, mostly in the Northstate. He's tried to become a U.S. citizen, but said the process is broken.

“My dad is a U.S. Citizen. I have an approved green card pending for 19 years. I mean I don't know any private company that takes 19 years, 20 years, 25 years to process any kind of applications or order and is still in business, other than the U.S. government.”

The California Supreme Court will decide the case in three months.  Garcia said he is hoping for favorable ruling as a nice Christmas present.  But if the court should rule against him, he says he is prepared to take his case to the United States Supreme Court.

Garcia will continue to make a living as a motivational speaker and working as a private contractor for law firms while he awaits a final decision on his law license.