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Sign AB 1024 & allow immigrants to fulfill their potential as attorneys
  • Petitioned California Governor

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California Governor

Sign AB 1024 & allow immigrants to fulfill their potential as attorneys

    1. Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles
    2. Petition by

      Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles

      Los Angeles, United States

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TAKE ACTION: Sign this petition and share it on your social media networks to help get this measure passed in California.

AB 1024 would allow professionals in California to practice law regardless of their immigrant status. By signing this petition you are urging Governor Jerry Brown to sign AB 1024 into law and make California a leading state that supports the dreams of undocumented professionals. Governor Brown has until October 13 to sign AB 1024 into law for California. We must act quickly and spread the word to gain as much support as possible for this measure. AB 1024 could help set a precedent for many other states throughout our nation. Stand up for the dreams of these professionals by signing your name to this petition and urging your friends and family to do the same. 

THE MEASURE:  AB 1024 would grant professionals without documents the right to practice law in California.

AB 1024 was inspired by the case of Sergio C. Garcia, a childhood arrival defending his dream to practice law in the United States. The measure was created by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) with the support of the California Latino Legislative Caucus. Our country's broken immigration system has directly contributed to leaving many undocumented professionals unable to practice law even though they meet the necessary requirements. AB 1024 would allow professionals in California to practice law regardless of their immigrant status and it could set a precedent for other states to follow.

AB 1024: When Sergio Garcia presented his case before the California Supreme Court judges suggested that California legislature had to decide whether or not professionals without documents would be admitted to the California State Bar. The Supreme Court of California indicated that it was legislator’s responsibility to make this decision and the focus then turned to the language of law. It was then that Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez and the California Latino Legislative Caucus created AB 1024.  The rapid response of Gonzalez and the Latino Caucus in a matter of days rallied momentum and support in the community for the measure.

AB 1024 passed in the Senate with a 28-5 vote and it passed in the Assembly with a bipartisan support of 60-3. It is now up to Governor Brown to sign AB 1024 into law for the state of California.

There are individuals in the U.S. who have passed the bar that are waiting for a license to practice their profession. The decision on AB 1024 in California could help set a precedent to help make their dream a reality.  Stand up for these dreams by signing this petition. 

To:
California Governor
Our country's broken immigration system has directly contributed to leaving undocumented professionals who meet the requirements to practice law unable to practice their professions. Please sign AB 1024 into law for California so that they can achieve their dreams and contribute to their communities.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. California Supreme Court Rules Undocumented Immigrant Can Receive Law Licen

      California Supreme Court Rules Undocumented Immigrant Can Receive Law License

      Sergio C. Garcia, who went through a protracted journey since passing the bar exam to become a lawyer, can now practice law after the California Supreme Court ruled the undocumented immigrant can be given his license. "With tears in my eyes I'm happy to report I am being admitted to the bar, thank God!"

    2. Calif. grants law license to undocumented immigrant

      Calif. grants law license to undocumented immigrant

      The California Supreme Court granted a law license Thursday to an undocumented immigrant, a first-of-its-kind ruling that allows Sergio Garcia to practice law in his adopted state. The question remains: Can he find work as a lawyer?

    3. Undocumented immigrant granted law license by Calif. Supreme Court

      Undocumented immigrant granted law license by Calif. Supreme Court

      SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Supreme Court granted a law license on Thursday to a man living in the United States illegally who graduated from law school and passed the state bar exam. The decision means Sergio Garcia can begin practicing law despite his immigration status.

    4. Undocumented immigrant Sergio Garcia gets California law licence

      US law licence for illegal immigrant

      The supreme court of California has granted a law licence to an undocumented immigrant from Mexico who has lived for years in the US. Sergio Garcia, 36, arrived in the US nearly two decades ago without papers. He attended law school and passed the California bar exam, but has not yet been granted a visa.

    5. CA Supreme Court: Undocumented immigrant can get law license

      CA Supreme Court: Undocumented immigrant can get law license

      The California Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that an undocumented man living in the United States who graduated from law school and passed the state bar exam should be granted a legal license. The decision means Sergio Garcia can begin practicing law despite his immigration status.

    6. California Supreme Court Grants Law License To Undocumented Immigrant Sergi

      California Supreme Court Grants Law License To Undocumented Immigrant

      Posted: Print Article BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court has granted a law license to a man living in the United States illegally who graduated from law school and passed the state bar exam. The decision Thursday means Sergio Garcia can begin practicing law despite his immigration status.

    7. Sergio Garcia Will Become California’s First Publicly Known Undocumented L

      Sergio Garcia Will Become California's First Publicly Known Undocumented Lawyer

      Photo: Melissa Lambarena On Thursday morning the California Supreme Court ruled that the state bar ought to admit Sergio Garcia, an undocumented immigrant who graduated from law school and passed the state bar exam in 2009. The ruling paves the way for Garcia to become the state's first publicly known undocumented immigrant licensed to practice law.

    8. No green card? No problem -- undocumented immigrant can practice law, court

      Undocumented immigrant can practice law in California, court rules - CNN.com

      (CNN) -- Sergio Garcia's parents brought him to the United States from Mexico nearly two decades ago. He's been waiting for a green card ever since. But there's one thing the undocumented immigrant no longer has to wait for, according to a California Supreme Court ruling on Thursday: his law license.

    9. Reached 1,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Nancy Pontius TUCSON, AZ
      • 6 months ago

      human rights. no human is illegal. dignity in the american dream. family values.

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    • josue meave MEXICO, SPAIN
      • 6 months ago

      it opens the possibility to find good quality practices, in Mexico is hard to find those opportunities, i wish i could do my professional service in United States

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    • JOSE MELENA SAN LORENZO, CA
      • 7 months ago

      Because every should have the same opportunity.

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    • Iris Bustos SAN CARLOS, CA
      • 8 months ago

      I know an undocumented law graduate who was brought to the U.S. as a child, and has always seen the United States as their country. They have fought diligently to achieve an undergraduate and graduate law degree, despite the financial and legislative limitations. These students, who wish to benefit society, are American in every sense of the word and deserve to be supported.

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    • Alejandra Martinez EL PASO, TX
      • 9 months ago

      I myself, am an immigrant science graduate student without an opportunity to practice my career. We see this country as our own country; but we (professional immigrants) do not have the opportunity to contribute our potential to this country we love.

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