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Undocumented immigrants are a major part of California's economy, but Washington is paralyzed on immigration reform. Tomorrow, the State Supreme Court will hear the case of a man who's not here legally, but who went to law school and passed the State Bar.  Will Governor Brown sign a bill allowing undocumented immigrants to serve on juries? Also, the Best Friends Animal Society wants LA to establish a no-kill shelter system in five years. Saul Gonzalez will tell us about a new facility trying to save 1000 pets from euthanasia every year.

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Banner image: Clyde Robinson

Producers:
Evan George
Emily Green
Kerry Cavanaugh
Gideon Brower

Main Topic Undocumented Immigrants and the Meaning of Citizenship 16 MIN, 46 SEC

Sergio Garcia was first brought to California from Mexico when he was an infant.  Later, his family took him back to Mexico, but returned when he was 17 years old. His father became an American citizen and helped Sergio apply for a green card. Almost 20 years later, it's still pending. In the meantime, he graduated from college and law school and passed the state bar exam. Tomorrow, the State Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether he should be licensed to practice law. It will decide the Garcia case three months from now.  In the meantime, Governor Jerry Brown might or might not sign a bill passed by Democrats in the Assembly and Senate. It would allow non-citizens to serve on juries in California's as long as they're legal immigrants.

Guests:
Sergio Garcia, 'undocumented' attorney
George Skelton, Los Angeles Times (@LATimesSkelton)

Reporter's Notebook Are LA Shelters Any Closer to a 'No Kill' Policy? 7 MIN, 37 SEC

There's a new facility in West LA with a spa-like feel, including a library as well as private rooms where visitors can get to know prospective housemates.  The potential boarders are dogs and cats, and the facility is the Pet Adoption Center run by an animal welfare coalition called No Kill Los Angeles. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez paid a visit.

 

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Dogs up for adoption at No Kill LA's Pet Adoption Center in West Los Angeles

 

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NKLA volunteer taking a dog out for daily exercise

 

Photos: Saul Gonzalez

Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, KCRW producer (@SaulKCRW)

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