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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments about whether an illegal immigrant can be granted a law license.
    
The case will be heard Tuesday.
    
Jose Godinez-Samperio came to the United States from Mexico at age 9. He has since graduated from college, earned a law degree and passed the Florida Bar.
    
The Board of Bar Examiners has asked the Supreme Court for an advisory opinion on whether he can be denied a law license because of his immigration status.
    
Godinez-Samperio contends President Barack Obama has cleared that potential obstacle.
    
Obama has issued a directive to protect immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, exempting them from deportation and granting temporary work permits for those who apply. It does not provide a path to citizenship.

Associated Press

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