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Fla. justices question law license for immigrant

Bill Kaczor Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Most of the Florida Supreme Court justices appear skeptical of granting a law license to an illegal immigrant.

The seven justices heard oral arguments Tuesday in the case of Jose Godinez-Samperio. He came to the U.S. from Mexico at age 9. He graduated from college, earned a law degree and passed the Florida Bar.

The Board of Bar Examiners asked the state’s high court for guidance before deciding whether to grant a license.

It is one of a few cases across the country. Illegal immigrants are also trying to practice law in New York and California.

Godinez-Samperio contends President Barack Obama’s new policy involving illegal immigrants gives him the right to practice law.

Justice Barbara Pariente noted the policy likely would change if Obama loses in November.

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