“Temporary protected status” immigrants who entered the United States of America without official permission is not allowed to apply for legal residency.
The Supreme Court came fully in agreement on Monday, June, 7, 2021, that immigrants staying in the United States of America for a limited time period for reasons of enhancing their welfare, should not apply for Green Cards if they had entered the country illegally.
The case was brought by Jose Sanchez and Sonia Gonzalez, Natives of El Salvador, who in the late 1990’s entered the United States illegally. The case called “Sanchez v. Mayorkas” could affect thousands of immigrants.
Mr. Sanchez and Ms. Gonzalez are a married couple who were granted protection under the “Temperary protected status” program. The program came about in 2001 after El Salvador was faced with devastating earthquakes. The program shields immigrants from different countries undergoing natural disasters and armed conflicts from deportation and allowed them to work in the United States.
Mr. Sanchez and Ms. Gonzalez applied for the Green Card “legal permanent residency” for which they were denied, they then sued.
They were ruled against at The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, in Philladelphia. The court justices says they were ineligible under a part of the immigration laws requiring that applicants for the Green Cards should be immigrants who were “inspected and admitted” into the United States.
So, therefore “Temporary protected status” as its name suggests, is meant to be temporary and does not make an immigrant eligible for lawful permanent residency.
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