Would-be lawyer brought to Fla. illegally as kid to be Castor guest at SOTU
Jose Godinez-Semperio, an undocumented immigrant seeking Florida Supreme Court approval to practice law, will be the guest of U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor at Tuesday night’s State of the Union address.
Godinez-Semperio came to the United States at age 9 from Mexico and graduated from the Florida State University law school, but had trouble being admitted to practice law because of his immigration status. Earlier this year, the News Service of Florida reported that Godinez-Semperio has been approved for a work permit under the new federal immigration policy aimed at allowing certain young immigrants to stay in the country. The Florida Supreme Court heard arguments in October about his attempt to practice law, after the Florida Board of Bar Examiners asked the justices for guidance.