Unanimous Florida Supreme Court: Become Legal First, Then Get Law License

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The Florida Supreme Court won't allow undocumented immigrants to obtain Florida Bar licenses.

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    poor guy; its so unfair to him. A quick reading suggested to me the FLorida Legislature could do something to overcome the hurdle. The other question (poor us/ is it or is it not right for "us.") At the moment that is a bigger question than I am able to answer sensibly. Its undue to him; but is it due to us? Or really isn‘t the more key question; how to get around it? So far no one knew. So no one did. Seems bad for "us."

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    excuse the typo "coming"

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    As a follow up to my comment "Florida gets it right", the concurrence from Justice Labarga gives pause for concern and praise for the justice. Concern, becuase "equity" is not the legal standard here, and presumably the justice is drawing on his immigration circumstances, as did the author of the article; but, US immigration law which applies "dry land" policy to Cubans ostensibly escaping communist ruled Cuba cannot and should not be applied "equitably to someone comming from Mexico, whether brought by their parents or if they came on their own. Praise, because the justice holds to current law and makes his decision based upon the law and does not bow to opinion or pressure that would make other justices "make new law" from the bench.

    Addtionally, please note it is likely that the issue here was not whether Mr. Godinez-Samperio lied or misrepresented his status, but that long after being a minor, Mr. Godinez-Samperio displayed an ongoing a disregard for current US and Florida law.

    Finally, if this were Mexico and Mr. Godinez-Samperio was an american it is likely that he would have been put in jail; and certainly not given the opportunity for any education much less a law school education.

    If we as a country do not like the laws we can work to change them through legislation passed by congress, this is just one of the great things about america and why we are exceptional.

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    The United States is truly the best country in the world. While illegal immigrants, visa overstayers and those "brought against their will" are able to flourish, attend school, own a car and even attend law school. Wait, I forgot to mention they also document their lives on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram without fear or remorse. In any other country these individuals would be chased and tossed away rapidly.

    We fail to realize that at this point we should allow illegals to become legal and provide them with a deal wherein they give years of service for the taxes they failed to pay for so many years. I mean, these folks are taking the place of tax payers‘ kids in our schools. While I value the effort, we do not pay taxes to support non-tax payers. Additionally, this individual should have thought about getting his papers in order while in law school. Obviously he is another example of someone who things he is above the law.

    I mean, why should anyone pay taxes is you can do what Jose Godinez-Samperio without fear, remorse or paying back years of taxes. Did he turn in the employers who paid his parents and him under the table in an illegal fashion? He did learn something I hope in law school. Clearly not fit to practice in the Sunshine State. The Supreme Court ruled correctly, but forgot those important facts.

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    I disagree. He never lied about his immigration status. Every step of the way in his education, he was truthful as to his immigration status. He did not volunteer to come to the U.S. He was brought as a child and benefited from our wonderful education system. The Florida Bar should be assessing his ability to practice law, not his immigration status. Had he lied about his immigration status, then there is reason to question his character and prevent him from being licensed as an attorney. Whether he can earn money with that license lawfully is a Federal immigration issue.

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    Florida gets it right, how can an individual be licensed as an attorney in any state when he is not a legal resident of the US. If character and fitness requirements include propensity to break the law as nullifying ones good character and fitness it make sense (albeit an unfortunate reality of living in the US illegally) that those applicants without legal status should be barred from admission to any states bar. (Sorry for the pun, it is not meant to make light of the aforementioned unfortunate reality). Fortunately, such individuals have presumably acquired quality law school educations in the US and would probably be welcomed back to their home countries where they can start the immigration process abiding US law and not unfairly cutting the line ahead of others that also want to become US citizens.

    Let me stress that this is not about fault, or even fairness, presumably, abiding by the laws of the United States and the States where one hopes to practice law should be paramount to entrance into that states bar.

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