Mexican ‘Dreamer’ Lawyer Allowed to Practice

(Photo courtesy of César Vargas via Diario de México)

(Photo courtesy of César Vargas via Diario de México)

Today, after struggling for years to obtain a license to practice his profession, César Vargas will finally become the first “Dreamer” lawyer in New York.

Although he can now relish being a success story, the Puebla native’s journey was anything but easy.

Vargas graduated with honors from the City University of New York School of Law. Despite passing the bar exam in 2011, he was rejected due to his illegal immigration status.

“That did not stop me and, years later, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York decided that I could be admitted to the bar. It is the first time that a court ruled in favor of a law graduate protected by the Deferred Action program,” said Vargas.

Still, Vargas found other obstacles in his way: He was sentenced to a year on probation for interrupting a speech by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in Iowa. The Republican is currently campaigning to become president and opposes immigration reform.

This week, the attorney finished his probation and immediately restated his priorities.

“I hope to be a lawyer in New York but, right now, I am working for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign because I believe that we need a big and real change to ensure that the government will serve the people, not just the few multimillionaires,” said Vargas.

“I hope to represent my Latino community and immigrants to defend their rights in this broken immigration system that splits families apart,” he added.

Aside from thanking his mother, relatives and friends for their support, the Mexican attorney expressed his gratitude for his fellow lawyers at the LatinoJustice organization, his CUNY professors, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Council member Carlos Menchaca and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

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