SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's attorney general is supporting a 35-year-old Mexican immigrant who wants to be licensed as a lawyer, but has been living in the state without legal permission.
Durham resident Sergio Garcia passed the bar exam and has the support of the State Bar of California to become a lawyer. The California Supreme Court wants to hear arguments before deciding whether to admit him.
Garcia was brought to the U.S. unlawfully by his parents as a child. He applied for legal residency in 1995 but says the application is still pending.
Attorney General Kamala Harris' office says it supports Garcia because the state encourages illegal immigrants to become educated, productive members of society. Opponents say people who violate immigration laws should not be allowed to practice law.
The U.S. Department of Justice is expected to weigh in in early August.