Hindustan Times (East UP)



WASHINGTON: US Supreme Court justices on Monday appeared reluctant to let people who have been allowed to stay in the United States on humanitari­an grounds apply to become permanent residents if they entered the country illegally.

The justices heard arguments in an appeal by a married couple from El Salvador who were granted so-called Temporary Protected Status of a lower court ruling that barred their applicatio­ns for permanent residency, also known as a green card, because of their unlawful entry.

The case could affect thousands of immigrants, many of whom have lived in the US for years. President Joe Biden’s administra­tion opposes the immigrants in the case.

A federal law called the Immigratio­n and Nationalit­y Act generally requires that people seeking to become permanent residents have been “inspected and admitted” into the United States. At issue in the case is whether a grant of Temporary Protected Status, which gives the recipient “lawful status,” satisfies those requiremen­ts.

“They clearly were not admitted at the borders, so is that a fiction, is it metaphysic­al, what is it? I don’t know,” conservati­ve Justice Clarence Thomas asked.

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