Hillsborough County's Jose Godinez-Samperio meets the president

  • Jose Godinez-Samperio with President Obama on Tuesday night

Last night at the State of the Union, Jose Godinez-Samperio, a Florida State College of Law graduate whose quest to become an attorney has been stifled by his immigration status, met President Obama.

That was the goal of Tampa area Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Castor when she announced on Monday that Godinez-Samperio would be her chosen guest at the SOTU address.

Castor was one of at least five Democrats — including First Lady Michelle Obama, Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez and Texas Congressman Marc Veasey — who brought an undocumented immigrant as their guest for the night.