AB 1024 was passed by the California Assembly and Senate in September, largely in response to a pending case before the California Supreme Court. Sergio Garcia graduated from law school and passed the California bar exam. He was initially granted a law license, but it was then rescinded due to his undocumented status.
Garcia had been brought to the U.S. as a toddler, went back to Mexico at the age of 9, then returned to the U.S. as a teenager. He has been waiting for a green card for nearly 10 years. The California Supreme Court heard oral arguments in early September and early indications were that Garcia's bid for admission would be unsuccessful, prompting the legislature to act.