Washington (CNN) –– The Supreme Court held on Monday that the government can prevent non-citizens in the United States from applying for a green card if they enter the country illegally, under a scheme that temporarily protects them from deportation under certain circumstances.
The lawsuit was probably funded by the Biden administration, which claims that more than 400,000 people have been granted “temporary protection”.
The position of the Biden administration in this case, though less than that of the Trump administration, has upset those who support the rights of immigrants.
The case is about a New Jersey couple who came to the country illegally in 1997 and 1998 and now have four children. Minor was born in the United States and is a citizen.
After a series of earthquakes in El Salvador in 2001, they called for a “temporary safe haven”. Such a position protects foreigners in the United States from being deported in the event of an armed conflict or environmental catastrophe in their home country. In 2014, the couple tried to apply for a green card to “fix” their status in order to become legal permanent residents.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services rejected their application, claiming that they were ineligible to apply because they had not entered the country legally and had never been formally admitted to the United States.
The case faced two sections of the Immigration Act. One thing that should be considered as “legal status holders” in DBS is that in order to adjust the status, a person in DBS must be legally allowed.
Currently, about 400,000 people in the country have DPS status and 85,000 have been able to adjust their status.