Following up on the efforts of an undocumented immigrant in California to obtain a law degree, Governor Jerry Brown has recently signed into law a bill that would allow this individual the right to become an attorney. AB 1024 was signed into law earlier this month.
This appears to be the end of a four-year battle on the part of this immigrant to be granted a license to practice law. He appears to be quite excited about his future. He also stated that he was "happy for people in my same situation who are not going to have to suffer in making their dream of becoming an attorney a reality."
One immigration attorney stressed that this will result in a change in perspective in the legal profession. "There will be new lawyers with a different worldview," this attorney stated. There is also hope that such a change in immigration law could have a ripple effect upon other states as well. It may also send a message to the federal government as well.
Supporters of such a law emphasize how hard immigrants have worked to earn a law degree. They also feel it would be unfair to punish such individuals by not allowing them to receive the benefits from all of their efforts.
Hopefully we will see a number of other measures that will help immigrant workers pursue their dreams in their new country. In any case, this appears to at least be a sign that possible changes will be forthcoming.
Source: Fox News, "Will California Law Allowing Undocumented Immigrant Lawyers Have A Ripple Effect Across Country?" Ernesto Lopez, Oct. 15, 2013