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Illegal immigrant passes bar, but not allowed to practice law

South Carolina residents are aware that immigration laws can be very difficult to navigate. Immigration is a legal issue that continues to puzzle and frustrate individuals throughout the entire country. One man may be more frustrated than most as he passed the bar exam in another state, but is unable to get his law license.

The man was brought into the United States on a tourist visa by his parents when he was nine-years-old. His family never returned to Mexico. The man made the most out of his time in the United States. He graduated from college and then went on to graduate from law school. In 2011, he passed the Florida bar exam. However, the Florida State Supreme Court ruled that the current law prohibits those individuals who are not lawfully in the United States to obtain professional licenses.

The Board of Bar Examiners did not have an issue with awarding the license to the man, but deferred to the courts because of his immigration status. The man is very sad, angry and disappointed at the ruling of the high court. For now, he is currently working as a paralegal under a work permit issued in 2012 under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program -- a program started by President Obama. It has always been his dream to become a lawyer and help other immigrants navigate the complex and overwhelming legal world of immigration.

Stories such as this man's are not uncommon. Illegal immigrants all over the country have made the most of their opportunity in the United States and strive for success, including in their education and becoming business professionals. Immigrants are able to obtain employment visas, but not all states have decided to reform their laws to allow illegal immigrants, such as the man to obtain professional licenses in their respective field.

Source: Fox News, "Illegal immigrant can't get law license, Florida high court rules," March 7, 2014

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