(RepublicanReport.org) – Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is granted by the Department of Homeland Security to immigrants whose countries were hit by a natural disaster or have a continuing armed conflict. Migrants can remain in the country for as long as they retain this status, and are also permitted to work and travel.
According to the US Supreme Court, however, there are some limits to the freedoms TPS holders enjoy. On Monday, June 7, SCOTUS unanimously decided against amnesty for those benefiting from the program and that they should not be able to apply for permanent residency.
This case centered around Jose Sanchez and Sonia Gonzales, a couple who entered the US illegally in 1997, having come from El Salvador. They received TPS four years later, after a series of earthquakes in their home country.
This is a highly consequential decision, as there are an estimated 400,000 immigrants currently living in the US under TPS. However, legislation that would allow TPS holders to apply for green cards has already passed the Democrat-controlled House, so this may not be the last we hear of this idea.
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