WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court dominated Monday that hundreds of individuals residing within the U.S. for humanitarian causes are ineligible to use to develop into everlasting residents.
Justice Elena Kagan wrote for the court that federal immigration legislation prohibits individuals who entered the nation illegally and now have Temporary Protected Status from searching for “green cards” to stay within the nation completely.
The designation applies to individuals who come from nations ravaged by battle or catastrophe. It protects them from deportation and permits them to work legally. There are 400,000 folks from 12 nations with TPS status.
The final result in a case involving a pair from El Salvador who’ve been within the U.S. because the early 1990s turned on whether or not individuals who entered the nation illegally and got humanitarian protections have been ever “admitted” into the United States beneath immigration legislation.
Kagan wrote that they weren’t. “The TPS program provides overseas nationals nonimmigrant status, but it surely doesn’t admit them. So the conferral of TPS doesn’t make an illegal entrant…eligible” for a inexperienced card, she wrote.
The House of Representatives already has handed laws that may make it attainable for TPS recipients to develop into everlasting residents, Kagan famous. The invoice faces unsure prospects within the Senate.
The case pitted the Biden administration against immigrant teams that argued many individuals who got here to the U.S. for humanitarian causes have lived within the nation for a few years, given delivery to American residents and put down roots within the U.S.
In 2001, the U.S. gave Salvadoran migrants authorized safety to stay within the U.S. after a collection of earthquakes of their dwelling nation.
People from 11 different nations are equally protected. They are: Haiti, Honduras, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen.
Monday’s resolution doesn’t have an effect on immigrants with TPS who initially entered the U.S. legally after which, say, overstayed their visa, Kagan famous. Because these folks have been legally admitted to the nation and later got humanitarian protections, they will search to develop into everlasting residents.