People Are Awesome: Trailblazing Undocumented Lawyer Fights for Justice

Sergio Garcia toiled through farm jobs and night school to pass the California Bar. Now he may pry open the courthouse doors and practice law.

Sergio Garcia left the Mexican state of Michoacan for the United States with his parents when he was 17 months old. His family remained in the states until he was nine when they returned to Mexico. Eventually his father returned to work in California and earned his green card. The rest of his family soon rejoined him, including Sergio who had become a top student. He continued to do well in school, working hard in the classroom as well as in the almond fields he helped maintain with his father. Sergio's own green card application languished in the system for 18 years leaving him undocumented and unable to work legally.

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