The US Supreme Court ruled that temporary immigrants who entered the nation unlawfully and were later allowed temporary status for compassionate reasons will not be eligible to apply for green cards and become permanent residents.
A huge number of temporary immigrants, including numerous who have lived in the country for years, could be influenced by Monday’s ruling, reports Xinhua news organization.
Justice Elena Kagan said the unanimous decision was “a clear application” of American law. Which generally requires an immigrant to have been legally admitted to the US to be eligible for a green card.
Nothing in the conferral of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) changes that result, Kagan composed.
TPS can be granted to illegal immigrants because of humanitarian crises in their home country.
The case was brought by Jose Santos Sanchez a Salvadoran immigrant who entered the US illegally in 1993. However, was later protected under TPS in 2001, ABC News said in a report.
He applied for a green card in 2014 however was deemed ineligible.
Monday’s Supreme Court ruling implies that the decision will stand.
Around 400,000 individuals presently live in the US under TPS. From twelve nations including El Salvador, Haiti, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen, as per media reports.
Of them, 85,000 have figured out how to change their status.