Supreme Court Suggests It Will Restrict Green-Card Applications

Supreme Court Suggests It Will Restrict Green-Card Applications Supreme Court Suggests It Will Restrict Green-Card Applications (Dreamstime.com)

Newsmax Wires Monday, 19 April 2021 02:00 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court suggested it was poised to block applications for permanent residency from thousands of immigrants who are living in the country under a program that gives them temporary legal status because their home countries are in crisis.

Hearing arguments by phone, the justices indicated they read federal immigration law as barring green-card applications from people who entered the country illegally and later secured Temporary Protected Status.

The U.S. designates some countries for such protected status if they are deemed dangerous because of natural disasters, armed conflicts, or other "extraordinary and temporary conditions."

People from such countries who are already in the U.S. after entering illegally can be eligible for privileges, such as employment and travel authorization, and are protected from deportation.