US SC rules against temporary immigrants seeking green cards

US SC rules against temporary immigrants seeking green cards

WASHINGTON: The US Supreme Court has ruled that immigrants who enter the country illegally and are later granted temporary status for humanitarian reasons will not be eligible to apply for a green card and become permanent residents.
Monday’s decision could affect thousands of immigrants, many of whom have been living in the country for years, Xinhua news agency reported.
Justice Elena Kagan said the unanimous decision was “a direct application” of US law, which generally requires an immigrant to be legally admitted to the US to be eligible for a green card.
Kagan wrote that nothing changes the result of Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
TPS can be given to illegal immigrants due to humanitarian crisis in their country.
ABC News said in a report that the case was brought by Salvadoran immigrant Jose Santos Sanchez, who entered the US illegally in 1993 but was later protected under TPS in 2001.
He applied for a green card in 2014 but was deemed ineligible.
Monday’s Supreme Court ruling means the verdict will stand.
According to media reports, about 400,000 people currently live in the US under TPS from a dozen countries, including El Salvador, Haiti, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.
85,000 of them have managed to adjust to the situation.

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