No Green Card for TPS Recipients Who Entered Country Illegally Supreme Court Rules
In a win for freedom-loving Americans, the supreme court has unanimously decided that TPS recipients who entered the country illegally will not receive a green card.
This affects at least 320,000 lawbreakers who arrived in the United States illegally from a variety of countries including El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Sudan, Venezuela, and Yemen.
This trumps the rulings set forth by many lower courts. Some have ruled that these individuals who entered the country illegally should be rewarded for breaking our immigration laws.
Thankfully, we have a supreme court that understands we are a sovereign nation. And that a sovereign nation cannot exist without immigration laws.
The Los Angeles Times reports:
The Supreme Court on Monday dealt a setback to hundreds of thousands of immigrants who have so-called temporary protected status, ruling they can’t have a green card if they entered the country illegally.
In a 9-0 decision, the justices said federal law protects these immigrants from deportation and it allows them to obtain a work permit, but it does not give them a right to lawful permanent status unless they are here “pursuant to a lawful admission.”
That means TPS recipients who entered the county legally as students or tourists, and stayed under TPS may obtain a green card, said Justice Elena Kagan. But the same is not true of those who entered illegally.
“Because a grant of TPS does not come with a ticket of admission,” she wrote in Sanchez vs. Mayorkas, “it does not eliminate the disqualifying effect of an unlawful entry.”
Temporary protected status has been extended to about 320,000 immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Sudan, Venezuela and Yemen.
But lower courts had been divided over whether these migrants, many of whom have lived here for decades, may apply for and receive lawful permanent status. Four years ago, the 9th Circuit Court in California ruled that TPS recipients had a lawful status, and therefore, were eligible for green cards even if they had entered the country illegally.
Monday’s ruling is the third in three weeks in which the high court has disagreed unanimously with the 9th Circuit on a matter of immigration law.
Last week, the high court set aside a rule used by the 9th Circuit that presumed immigrants seeking asylum were telling the truth unless an immigration judge made an “explicit” find they were not credible. Two weeks ago, the court ruled immigrants who were once deported could be prosecuted for an unlawful entry, even if their original deportation was questionable.
The case decided Monday by the Supreme Court began when Jose Sanchez and his wife, Sonia Gonzalez, sought green cards. They arrived from El Salvador in the late 1990s, established lives and careers in New Jersey and had four sons. But they were not lawfully admitted.
Kagan said Congress is considering legislation that would allow such TPS recipients to obtain lawful permanent resident status, but only Congress, not the court, can change the law in this respect.
“Sanchez was not lawfully admitted, and his TPS does not alter that fact,” she wrote. “He therefore cannot become a permanent resident of this country.”
NEW: The Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that immigrants who acquired a temporary U.S. stay for humanitarian reasons are ineligible to become permanent residents if they entered the country illegally. https://t.co/JOEEInje1v
— Axios (@axios) June 7, 2021
In a 9-0 decision, the justices said federal law protects these immigrants from deportation and it allows them to obtain a work permit, but it does not give them a right to lawful permanent status unless they are here “pursuant to a lawful admission." https://t.co/vbWMBTq1es
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) June 7, 2021
Of course, we have those on the left now demanding Congress act to legalize these lawbreakers.
This decision is a huge blow to TPS holders. With the Supreme Court saying only Congress can adjust status, it is even more critical they act on immigration reform https://t.co/brp6M8t1p8
— Ireland Lesley (@IrelandLesley5) June 8, 2021
Time for the Senate to pass the Dream and Promise Act — Dreamers and TPS holders deserve a path to citizenship. https://t.co/eBgKHNDRV8
— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) June 7, 2021
The singular goal of the democrats is to legalize as many of those who reside in the United States illegally. By doing so they can exponentially expand their base by promising an endless list of freebies at the cost of hard-working taxpayers.