Tampa, Florida - After a lengthy battle, a Tampa immigrant will not be able to practice law in Florida.
Jose Godinez-Samperio graduated from Florida State's law school, passed the bar exam and its moral character test, but his immigration status bans him from practicing law.
"Mostly frustration at the ineptitude of President Obama and the federal congress," he said of his feelings after hearing the news.
The Florida Supreme Court handed down the ruling on Thursday.
Godinez-Samperio's parent brought him to the United States from Mexico at the age of nine, but overstayed their visas and never returned.
In 2012, he was granted President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, more commonly known as the "Dream" Act.
It enabled him to have a social security number, driver's license and work permit, but still prevents him from getting the thing he wants most.
"He issued the policy saying I could get a work permit and he's ok with me working construction and doing whatever, but doing legal work - that's a problem for Obama," said Godinez-Samperio.
Justice Jorge Labarga, who is Cuban born, wrote that he "reluctantly" agreed to deny Godinez-Smaperio admission to the bar based on his immigration status "only because the present state of federal and Florida law compels me to reach such an inequitable conclusion."
The 27-year-old paralegal plans to lobby lawmakers to change the law that forbids him from practicing in Florida.
"I'm still hoping to practice law. This is not the end because we're going to go to the Florida legislature."
Precedent was set in California after the legislation in that state changed its laws- allowing a Mexican immigrant, who is unable to obtain a green card, to be accepted to the bar.
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