Undocumented Immigrants Denied Law Licenses
TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) – The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday the Florida Bar can’t admit immigrants who are in the country illegally.
The Supreme Court issued the ruling in the case of Jose Godinez-Samperio who came to the United States from Mexico with his parents when he was just 9-years-old. The family stayed in the country illegally after the tourist visa expired.
Jose went on to graduate from Florida State University’s law school and would pass the Florida Bar exam two years ago.
But the court ruled that federal law prohibits people who are unlawfully in the country from obtaining professional licenses. The Justices said state law can override the federal ban, but Florida has taken no action to do so.
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