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High Court Rules Against Immigrants With Temporary Status


The U.S. Supreme Court rules unanimously in Sanchez v. Mayorkas that immigrants allowed to stay in the United States temporarily for humanitarian reasons are ineligible to apply to become permanent residents. Justice Elena Kagan wrote for the court that federal immigration law prohibits people who entered the country illegally and now have Temporary Protected Status from seeking “green cards” to remain in the country permanently. Temporary Protected Status applies to people who come from countries ravaged by war or disaster. It protects them from deportation and allows them to work legally. There are 400,000 people from 12 countries with TPS status.