Florida Bill Would Allow Illegal Immigrants To Get Law Licenses

CBS Tampa

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Senate on Thursday took the first step to help a Mexican national get his law license a month after the state Supreme Court said he couldn’t because he’s in the U.S. unlawfully.

After impassioned debate on both sides of the issue, the Senate amended a bill with language that would allow the Supreme Court to issue law licenses to people in the country unlawfully if they were brought to the country as a minor and if they’ve been in Florida for at least 10 years. Each case would be considered individually.

It’s a response to the case of Jose Godinez-Samperio, whose parents brought him to the United States on a tourist visa when he was 9 and then remained in the country after it expired. He was an Eagle Scout and the valedictorian of his high school before graduating from Florida State University’s law…

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