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Illegal Immigrant Seeks Admission To Florida Bar After Graduating Law School

Florida Bar Exam and Illegal Immigrant

Much like his fellow law graduates Jose Godinez-Samperio, 25, is attempting to pass the Florida Bar after graduating from the Florida State University College of Law. The difference is that Jose is currently in the United States illegally.

Jose and his parents entered the United States on a tourist visa 16-years-ago and when that visa expired they simply never left. During his time in the United States Jose would go on to become the valedictorian of his high school class and receive high enough marks in college to enter and eventually graduate from law school.

Godinez-Samperio is now pleading with the Florida Board of Bar Examiners to grant him permission to take the test, going so far as to ask the state Supreme Court to determine if they can accept a lawyer who is illegally in the country. The case has already been flagged as “high profile” by the Supreme court which means Jose could get his day in court before the bar exam.

In the meantime there are plenty of opponents fighting against Jose, lawyers and law advocates who point out out that he can’t legally work in the United States while others call his “contempt for American law” a hinderance on his ability to practice such law ethically. It should be noted that Jose has broken no laws being in the country illegally as it is considered a civil infarction and not a crime as is typically believed. In any case Jose hasn’t tried to hide his illegal status in the United States, in fact he disclosed that status on both his college and law school application and his law school essay was titled “The Consequences of my Criminal Childhood.”

In any case Jose’s case is likely to be closely followed as similar cases are currently being considered in California and New York. Similar applications are pending for students in California and New York.

Jose’s former law professor, Sandy D’Alemberte, believes her student should be able to take the bar exam:

“It is unfair to deny him the credentials he’s earned,” while she notes that there is nothing in the “Rules of the Supreme Court Relating to Admissions to the Florida Bar” that requires proof of citizenship.”

Even if Jose Godinez-Samperio does pass the Florida bar exam he won’t be able to legally practice in the United States because he doesn’t have the right to work.

In the meantime a successful illegal immigrant could lead Jose into becoming the face of the Development, Relief, and Education of Alien Minors (DREAM) Act which various members of Congress are attempting to pass. DREAM would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented children who are raised in the United States.

At this time its impossible to tell which way the Florida Supreme Court will rule, here’s to hoping Jose’s honesty about his illegal immigrant status doesn’t come back to bite him.

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25 Responses to “Illegal Immigrant Seeks Admission To Florida Bar After Graduating Law School”

  1. Velvet Michael

    Ok, so he's been here since he was 9 years old. You can't hold a child responsible for his parents actions. That being said however, he is an adult and he knows his status here is illegal, and all those years spent in law school should have more then taught that to him. So if he wants the rights of a citizen of the United States, he is more then old enough to have begun the steps to become a legal citizen of this country. Quite frankly, it's pretty clear, you're here illegally, then either get out or take the proper steps to be here legally. So start taking the steps and then you will be able to take the bar exam and practice law in this country, because to take it now is pointless, you will not be able to do anything with it, until you follow the rules.

  2. Toni Moore Milbourne

    Agreed Velvet. Kudos to the young man for achieving success from his childhood. But, take responsibility now to correct what was done illegally then.

  3. Vicky L Teems Arp

    Do they let other criminals? If he has been here that long, he has time to get legal.Illegal is illegal.No he should have to follow the same laws and rules as everyone.That's what's wrong with this country, not making them held accountable for their actions, but citizens are.

  4. Joyce Pearson

    Who paid for all that schooling? Tax payer, s I assume. although it didn't say?

  5. Carol Willette Bachofner

    Why is he not being granted citizenship at this point? Because of widespread xenophobia by CONGRESS. Pass the darned Dream Act, get this guy his citizenship, and stop the whining people of CA, AZ, NM, TX.
    It is sickening. Where did YOUR ancestors originate? (Mine were here on the shore when YOURS floated in and tried to boss us around.) We need to stop being such whiners and start being a bit more friendly. Sure… commit a crime as an illegal, be gone. But GO TO LAW SCHOOL… the other end of that spectrum. Let Jose stay and give him his many many productive days in court.

  6. Judy Buss

    We have laws, what good are they if not enforced! Sorry, but his parents knew he was an illiegal & he knew he was an illegal, why did he never work to become a citizen? He wants all the benifets, he studied law but w/not consider becoming a citizen? We have to start enforcing the RULES, that's why we have them…………..

  7. Nancy King

    He is breaking the law but wants to be a lawyer? Something just not right here. Could he not have applied for citizenship in all the years he has been here? He wants his cake & eat it too? NO make him become a citizen & him & his family pay all taxes and any thing else they owe for their illegal years then let him take the bar exam. Or is his diploma any good since he is illegal, did he lie on any of his applications?

  8. Stephen Tomcho

    This country is turning into nothing but bullshit This punk is here illegally in violation of law does anybody understand that

  9. Paula Qualls Gurley

    Even if he passes the bar exam he can't be a lawyer in Florida because he doesn't have ALL the credentials needed. Get your credentials and then apply to take the bar exam, or take them in the country you are a citizen of! He has earned a trip home for him and his parents.

  10. JPauline Baker

    MY GAWD THIS PISSES ME OFF! ILLEGAL IS ILLEGAL! PERIOD! No if, ands, or buts. Jump through the hoops just like my husband did. He never did get his green card. But then again he was Canadian and not Cuban or any kind of latino. He was discriminated against because he WASN'T Cuban or Latino! GRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

  11. Euro Heritage

    Asia for Asians, Africa for Africans, White countries for everyone?

    Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will.
    be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY.
    into White countries.

    The Netherlands and Belgium are more crowded than Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.

    Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY White countries to "assimilate," i.e., intermarry, with all those non-Whites.

    What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?

    How long would it take anyone to realize I'm not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

    And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn't object to this?

    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the White race, Liberals and respectable conservatives will just say that I'm a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionj…

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White.

  12. Velvet Michael

    JPauline, I feel for you. I have a very good friend that spent years, and thousands of dollars trying to get her green card. She jumped through one hoop right after another, driving over 2 hours to go to the immigration office and do what they wanted, not being able to leave Michigan for months at a time while they did more processing. She too is from Canada. I haven't seen her for several years, but I know when I left MI, she still didn't have her green card.

  13. JPauline Baker

    Velvet Michael Thank you. Thousands of dollars and time, time, time…YEP! And made to feel like yer some kinda criminal when ya go into immigration. We tried for almost 8 years…and paying MORE every year to get the work permit and then drivers license. THEN the idiots LOST his file! No apology, nothing. Just "you'll have to start all over." WTF?????? OK, so…can't get work permit, therefore can't work. Can't get work permit, therefore no drivers license. HOWEVER, they need/want MORE MONEY! A no win situation. No hope. No future. So he left the planet by his own hand last year and I DO blame immigration!

  14. Terry T. Magyar

    Most illegal residents come here a job. We need E-Verify legislation.

    Dave Camp, (R) the Chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, is refusing to release his hold on the 50-state E-Verify bill. His committee has jurisdiction over identity theft. He is unwilling to allow the E-Verify bill to stop illegal aliens from stealing Social Security numbers to obtain U.S. jobs.

    If you are really feeling energetic, why don't you put in a phone call to one of Mr. Camp's offices:

    202-225-3625 Washington, DC (Ways & Means).
    202-225-3561 Washington, DC (personal office).
    202-224-3121 Washington, DC (Capitol switchboard).
    989-631-2552 Midland, Mich. (district office)
    231-929-4711 Traverse City, Mich. (district office)

  15. Velvet Michael

    JPauline Baker -Oh my, I am so sorry for your loss. I agree with you, just another example of screwed up government workings, and it is a slap in the face to him and all other immigrants that work hard and jump through the hoops to get legal status. Again,,I am so sorry for your loss.

  16. Rafael Olmeda

    Correction: He has taken the test and passed it. He now seeks admittance to the Florida Bar. State Supreme Court is mulling whether that's allowed.

  17. Terry F Shelley

    This is just another SLAP in the AMERICAN FACE with our government and justice system failing to enforce the laws. Mostly un enforced to abtian votes for DEMACRATS by keeping these people on the intitlement programs so they will vote Liberal. How much longer are we going to let them infiltrate our country and governemnt?

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