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Undocumented immigrant will be State of the Union guest of Rep. Kathy Castor



Rep. Kathy Castor is bringing with her to the State of the Union an undocumented immigrant from Tampa who is seeking admission to the Florida Bar to practice law.

From a previous story: "Born in Mexico,  Jose Godinez-Samperio has lived in Tampa since he was nine years old. He is a graduate of Armwood High in Tampa, New College in Sarasota and Florida State University law school, and he has passed the Florida Bar exam, but the Florida Board of Bar Examiners hasn't issued him a license to practice law. When he asked for a waiver of a requirement to document his citizenship status, the bar examiners requested advice from the Supreme Court."

In late 2012, Mr. Godinez-Samperio was granted "deferred action" under an Obama administration program and has since received his driver’s license and a work permit, Castor's office said. “We have a stake in Jose because we’ve already invested in him,” said Castor, D-Tampa. “Deferred action has helped many immigrants who know no other home, but a pathway to permanent residency and citizenship is needed.”

[Last modified: Monday, February 11, 2013 4:05pm]


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