TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

The Florida Supreme Court says the Florida Bar can't admit immigrants who are in the country illegally.

The case involves Jose Godinez-Samperio, who came to the United States from Mexico with his parents when he was 9 years old. The family remained in the country after their tourist visa expired and Godinez-Samperio later graduated from Florida State University's law school. He passed the bar two years ago.

But the court ruled that federal law prohibits people who are unlawfully in the country from obtaining professional licenses. The justices said state law can override the federal ban, but Florida has taken no action to do so.