SCOTUS Unanimously Rules Against Illegal Immigrants


Roughly 400,000 illegal immigrants who are under Temporary Protected Status will not be eligible to apply for permanent residency.

The Supreme Court unanimously decided Monday that those with TPS would be unable to get green cards, as it conflicts with the current format of the program, The Associated Press reported.

The program’s main intention was to provide people the opportunity to come to the United States to work without risking deportation if their home country was deemed unsafe.

“A TPS recipient who entered the United States unlawfully is not eligible under §1255 for LPR status merely by dint of his TPS. Section 1255 provides that eligibility for LPR status generally requires an ‘admission’ into the country — defined to mean ‘the lawful entry of the alien into the United States after inspection and authorization by an immigration officer.’ §1101(a)(13)(A). Sanchez did not enter lawfully,” the case’s syllabus explained.

Justice Elena Kagan delivered the opinion of the court, in which she reaffirmed that Jose Santos Sanchez, who arrived in the United States from El Salvador in the 1990s, was “not lawfully admitted.”

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She added that changes to existing federal law would be required in order for him and other non-citizens to qualify for permanent status.

“Congress, of course, could have gone further, by deeming TPS recipients to have not only nonimmigrant status but also a lawful admission. Legislation pending in Congress would do just that,” the left-leaning justice wrote.

“See American Dream and Promise Act of 2021 … so that a TPS recipient shall be considered ‘as having been inspected and admitted into the United States, and … as being in, and maintaining, lawful status as a nonimmigrant.’ But even without that amendment, the statute does something — and this Court does not get to say that the something it does is not enough.”

The American Dream and Promise Act was passed in the House in March and would make the legal changes necessary for those under TPS to establish permanent residency.

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As the bill has been held up in the Senate, there is a push from many Democratic lawmakers to get it passed and signed into law by President Joe Biden.

“Countless TPS holders have lived in the United States for decades and call this country home. The Senate needs to pass The American Dream and Promise Act and provide them a path to permanent residence — NOW,” Democratic New York Rep. Adriano Espaillat tweeted Monday.

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Liberals should not be surprised that the court ruled so decisively on the case, given that it is not the Supreme Court’s job to engage in activism but to review current law.

Biden expressed his support for the aforementioned legislation when it passed the House, so he would likely be pushing moderate Democrats like Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin if he cared enough.

Immigration activists should not hold their breath, though, as the White House has repeatedly ignored other problems like the border crisis and seems to be apathetic toward the issue at large.

This latest news is another wrench thrown into the long-term immigration debate as people try to navigate to a bureaucratic nightmare in order to avoid legal consequences.

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Cameron Arcand is a former writer for The Western Journal.
Cameron Arcand is a political commentator based in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2017 as a school project, he founded, which has grown exponentially since its founding. He has interviewed several notable conservative figures, including Dave Rubin, Peggy Grande and Madison Cawthorn.

In September 2020, Cameron joined The Western Journal as a Commentary Writer, where he has written articles on topics ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic, the "Recall Gavin Newsom" effort and the 2020 election aftermath. The "Young Not Stupid" column launched at The Western Journal in January 2021, making Cameron one of the youngest columnists for a national news outlet in the United States. He has appeared on One America News and Fox 5 DC. He has been a Young America's Foundation member since 2019.
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