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Supreme Court rules in favor of immigrant

Undocumented immigrants who live in Florida or any other state are not allowed to purchase or possess guns. This is true even if the individual originally came to the country on a valid visa that later expired. However, if an immigrant doesn't know that what they are doing is illegal, the government may not be able to get a conviction. That was what the Supreme Court ruled in a case involving a man who spent time at the Florida Institute of Technology.

However, the school did not allow him to continue his studies after posting failing grades. According to the dissent in the case, the man was told that he would need to enroll at another school to remain in the country legally. Despite this warning, he decided to move to a hotel near a firing range. Records show that he spent more than $11,000 over a period of 53 days at a hotel near an airport and firing range.

A federal judge told a jury in his case that it was not necessary to prove that he knew of his altered immigration status when charged with possessing a firearm. He was eventually convicted of the charge, which came with 18 months in prison as well as the possibility of deportation.

Someone who has lost their status as a legal alien may be subject to deportation or other penalties for remaining in the country. It might be worthwhile for an immigrant to work with an attorney in an effort to resolve a case in a favorable manner. In some instances, it's possible for an individual to apply for a new visa or find a way to return to the U.S. after leaving the country on a voluntary basis.

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