View Poll Results: Should Jose Manuel Godinez-Samperio be allowed to become a US lawyer?

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  • Yes, he's met the academic requirements. Now he can work on his immigration status.

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  • No. Despite his impressive achievements, he's illegal and should be deported.

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Thread: Should this illegal immigrant be allowed to become a lawyer?

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    Re: Should this illegal immigrant be allowed to become a lawyer?

    Of course he should...in mejico. mejico NEEDS good lawyers and role models.

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    Re: Should this illegal immigrant be allowed to become a lawyer?

    Quote Originally Posted by longview View Post
    Florida has a sales tax only (no Income tax) So I assure you, he and his family paid their State taxes.
    As to the Federal income taxes, those got withheld, but they could never ask for a refund.
    Many illegal immigrants pay up at tax time - USATODAY.com
    Florida should grant him his law license, if he can get an H1 sponsor. Florida has already spent
    the money on his education, they should at least be allowed to recoup the money in taxes.
    Some other state might agree to issue him a law license, he has great income potential,
    he will be the kind of revenue stream most states want.
    So he should take the steps of becoming a US citizen. End of story. Any money they paid out of pocket was their bad for being here illegally in the first place.
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    Re: Should this illegal immigrant be allowed to become a lawyer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    So - why can't he become a citizen first and then go be a lawyer?

    If he's smart - and has gone through the education system - doing so shouldn't be too complicated. Makes no sense ot me to have someoen become a lawyer if they themselves don't want to follow the rules and do things the right way - makes me question *how* he's lawyer for people.
    Exactly...weve paid for all or part of that education along with his health care all the while hes been here ILLEGALLY...his achievement is admiral...now become a citizen then an american lawyer...OR? Im sure mexico needs good attorneys

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    Re: Should this illegal immigrant be allowed to become a lawyer?

    Well now I'm curious: why DOESN'T he want to become a citizen? Why hasn't he done it? Is there something wrong in his view with becoming one?
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    Re: Should this illegal immigrant be allowed to become a lawyer?

    I voted option two even though I'm more sympathetic than demanding forced deportation.

    This man's beef is with his parents, obviously, whatever deceipt he used to get past legal requirements of his schools, and the many American scofflaw business owners and amnesty agitators who likely "convinced" him he could get away with it.

    The right thing for him to do now is to go back on his own to his original country of citizenship and practice law there, challenging though that may be.

    American citizens rightly come first, and when criminal behavior is brought to light, that should rightly end the run of criminal behavior.

    He is rightly done here.
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    Re: Should this illegal immigrant be allowed to become a lawyer?

    If he can't become a lawyer because if his immigrant status let's find a way to change the status. Seems pretty simple to me. We should give him as much leeway as legally possible to make him a citizen but we need to do that first.
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    Re: Should this illegal immigrant be allowed to become a lawyer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Enola View Post
    It never ceases to amaze me when I read about someone that was brought here by their parents, went to school, went to college, now speaks in behalf of all illegals and carries signs while having a tirade of the injustice of it all. My question is....why didn't they apply for citizenship all those years ago? What is stopping them NOW? They want a free pass after getting a free education most of us paid for by working 2 and 3 jobs while their parents sent money back home instead of paying their taxes or paying for that free schooling their kid now has to become a productive member of a society they stole from an STILL wants a free pass.
    They don't bother to become citizens because of our slack enforcement of immigration laws. There was no compelling reason for them to do so because our government let them slide for so long. What our government has done over the years regards immigration is dereliction of duty. Now we the citizens are asked to be the compassionate ones. What a load!
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    Re: Should this illegal immigrant be allowed to become a lawyer?

    Quote Originally Posted by jambalaya View Post
    If he can't become a lawyer because if his immigrant status let's find a way to change the status. Seems pretty simple to me. We should give him as much leeway as legally possible to make him a citizen but we need to do that first.
    How do I say this... No. He can become a citizen, or he can gtfo.
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    Re: Should this illegal immigrant be allowed to become a lawyer?

    Perhaps this young man should have thought about the impediment of his illegal status before he made the investment of time, energy and financial resources necessary to attend and graduate from law school. Lawyers have to anticipate foreseeable obstacles.

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    Re: Should this illegal immigrant be allowed to become a lawyer?

    Quote Originally Posted by longview View Post
    Florida has a sales tax only (no Income tax) So I assure you, he and his family paid their State taxes.
    As to the Federal income taxes, those got withheld, but they could never ask for a refund.
    Many illegal immigrants pay up at tax time - USATODAY.com
    Florida should grant him his law license, if he can get an H1 sponsor. Florida has already spent
    the money on his education, they should at least be allowed to recoup the money in taxes.
    Some other state might agree to issue him a law license, he has great income potential,
    he will be the kind of revenue stream most states want.
    The only way they had federal income tax withheld is if they were using a stolen social security or green card number. That's the only way, unless they falsely register as a foreign worker to gain a tax ID number. If they did that and actually filed a tax form, they'd certainly get any refund owed... until they were caught falsifying their status.

    The majority of illegals using stolen SS and GC numbers opt out of tax withholding by claiming enough dependents that minimal or no tax is withheld.
    Last edited by DiAnna; 04-25-12 at 07:48 PM.

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