Thousands of immigrants who entered the US illegally but have been permitted to stay for humanitarian reasons won’t be able to become permanent residents until the law is changed, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.
The unanimous ruling came after a married couple from El Salvador filed suit in federal court when they were blocked from applying for green cards in 2014.
The couple, who currently live in New Jersey and have four children, had entered the country illegally in the 1990s but were given Temporary Protected Status, a designation for people who come from locales ravaged by war or disaster that would be unsafe to return to, and were allowed to stay.
But when they applied to become permanent residents, they were denied because federal immigration law requires immigrants to have entered the country legally in order to be eligible.
Activists and citizens with temporary protected status (TPS) rally near Capitol Hill.Drew Angerer/Getty Images Demonstrators outside the DNC before