Thursday, May 1, 2014

Florida House Acts to Allow DACA Recipient to Practice Law

The Florida House of Representatives amended a bill Thursday to include language that would help immigrants who are unlawfully in the country to receive their law licenses under certain conditions. The decision comes a month after the Florida Supreme Court denied a license to a Jose Godinez-Samperio, who was brought to the United States by his parents as a child and was granted relief under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.   House Speaker Will Weatherford congratulated him after the bill (HB 755) passed.

The statutory language allowas Florida to issue law licenses to people in the country unlawfully if they came to the country as a minor and if they have been in Florida for more than 10 years. Candidates would also have to have a Social Security number and authorization to work in the United States. Men seeking a license also would have to register for the military draft.

The California legislature passed a similar measure to allow for the bar licensure of Sergio Garcia.


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