Cesar Vargas, DREAMer Law Grad to Become First to File NY Bar Admission Application

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 22, 2012

Contact: John Garcia, Director of Communications, 917-673-9095, jgarcia@latinojustice.org or via Twitter @LJPgarcia

NEW YORK, NY - Cesar Vargas, who was brought to the United States from Mexico when he was 5 years old and eventually graduated from law school, will submit his bar application on Monday to become the first to do so in New York State.

Mr. Vargas, 29, attended and graduated from James Madison High School in Brooklyn, then went on to graduate St. Francis College, eventually graduating from the City University of New York School of Law. He passed the bar exam last year. Mr. Vargas has received the written support from prominent members of Congress members including U.S. Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) - leading advocate for the DREAM Act, Rep. Nydia Velazquez, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, and Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes (Letters will be made public tomorrow). Immigration has been become a prominent issue in the presidential elections. Governor Romney has promised to veto the DREAM Act, while President Obama recently announced on June 15th a program stop the deportation of undocumented youth.

There are similar applications in front of the courts in California and Florida, but this is the first time an undocumented applicant has openly filed in New York. Cesar has applied for deferred action status under the Obama Administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

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