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In Immigration News: Immigrant allowed to practice law, border searches of electronic devices and Asian-American millennials

Sergio Garcia speaks at The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) news conference on Aug. 27.
Sergio Garcia speaks at The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) news conference on Aug. 27.
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Calif. Supreme Court rules undocumented law school grad can join State Bar - Southern California Public Radio Sergio Garcia won his bid to practice law on Thursday morning, after a years-long fight.  Garcia challenged a 1996 federal law that bars people living in the country illegally from receiving professional licenses from government agencies or with the use of public funds, unless state lawmakers vote otherwise. In October, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that grants law licenses to those living in the country illegally.  On his Facebook page, Garcia wrote : "With tears in my eyes I'm happy to report I am being admitted to the bar, thank God! This one is for all of you who dare to dream and by doing so change the world! Love you all! History was made today!"     

Court Upholds Willy-Nilly Gadget Searches Along U.S. Border -Wired  Border officers can continue to seize laptops, smartphones and other electronic devices "for any reason" under a decision by a US district court judge. The ruling by Judge Edward Korman in New York upholds Obama administration policy, and according to the story, "he said the so-called 'border exemption,' in which people can be searched for no reason at all along the border, continues to apply in the digital age." The American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the lawsuit, is considering an appeal.  

Nearly 50,000 migrants have died in Mexico on the way to the US since 2007 - Quartz  An estimated 47,000-plus migrants have died trying to cross through Mexico to the US over the past six years, according to the Institute for Women in Migration (IMUMI) in Mexico.   To make the journey safer for migrants coming from Central and South America, Mexican churches have set up shelters along popular routes. From the story: "One such shelter, called Hermanos en el Camino (Brothers on the Road) houses and feeds some 500 migrants every night."

It's Not Easy Being Asian-American - Policy Mic. In his piece, Justin Chan looks at the pressures faced by many first or second-generation Asian-American millennials "to live up to two different sets of expectations." From the story: "On the one hand, we're encouraged embrace American culture and shed ties to our Asian heritage. On the other hand, we're expected to maintain our ethnic identity and keep our parents' traditions alive."