The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a unanimous decision on Monday that immigrants without Temporary Protected Status are not eligible for green cards to remain in the country.
Justice Elena Kagan wrote in the decision that “TPS recipient who entered the United States unlawfully is not eligible … for [lawful permanent resident] status merely by dint of his TPS.”
She added, “A straightforward application of §1255 thus supports the Government’s decision to deny him [lawful permanent resident] status. And nothing in the conferral of TPS changes that result.”
According to Breitbart News, “Jose Santos Sanchez, an illegal alien from El Salvador, came to the U.S. illegally in 1997. In 2001, Sanchez was provided TPS, a nonimmigrant status that allows him to remain in the U.S. for as long as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) extends TPS for El Salvador.”
Sanchez had previously been granted a green card, but an appeals court reversed the decision because he had entered the country illegally.
The decision comes as illegal immigration continues to grow along the nation’s southern border. Vice President Kamala Harris visited Guatemala on Monday to discuss the “root causes of migration” with the nation’s leaders.
The Biden administration has been criticized for its changed immigration policies that have allowed hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants to enter the nation since President Joe Biden took office in January.
The nation stands in strong need of clarity regarding immigration issues, something the court’s 9-0 decision provided in at least one case.