The United States Supreme Court voted in unison Monday, that Salvadorian José Santos Sanchez cannot receive legal permanent residency status since he already received temporary protective status or TPS. Sanchez entered the country illegally in 1997.
After Sanchez entered the states, the government granted him TPS in 2001. He petitioned the court to give him legal permanent residency, or LPR but all the justices agreed that his illegal entry precludes him from a new status. In order to receive the status an immigrant must have either been “inspected and admitted or paroled into the United States” or entered via “a lawful admission” according to the law.
Therefore, not all immigrants who have received TPS are barred from attaining LPR. As long as someone enters the country legally, even if they subsequently illegally overstay their welcome, they are eligible for LPR. A TPS does not alter the nature of one’s entry to the states. Justice Elena Kagan wrote the opinion for the court.
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Deportations of illegal immigrants have dropped by 90% under President Biden, according to a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies.
“Immigration enforcement, as measured by the number of aliens removed from the country, has collapsed to the lowest level since the mid-1990s, according to ICE deportation records the Center has obtained. Under policies imposed by the Biden administration, removals dropped by 80 percent since last year’s low point during the pandemic lockdown, and by 90 percent since 2019, the last normal year for ICE operations,” Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, said in the report.
The report explained that, “Under Biden Policies, ICE Removals Have Plummeted to a Fraction of Normal Levels. On his first day of office (January 20, 2021), President Biden issued a directive halting virtually all deportations for 100 days and greatly restricting immigration enforcement activity. Following a lawsuit by Texas asserting grave fiscal and public safety harm to its citizens from a near-suspension of federal immigration enforcement, within two weeks federal judge Drew Tipton halted the deportation freeze and later enjoined it indefinitely pending further legal action.”
“The restrictions on other enforcement actions have remained in place with some minor modifications, meaning that, in effect, ICE has been limited to removing known or suspected terrorists, aliens convicted of very serious crimes (mostly those defined as ‘aggravated felons’), and recent illegal arrivals,” the report added.
“The number of aliens removed who had serious criminal convictions also has declined by over 50 percent from 2020 and by 65 percent since 2019,” the report observed.
The Biden administration’s restrictions on ICE have resulted in the highest levels of illegal immigration on record as the agency has been “functionally abolished.”
The Washington Post reported, “ICE under President Biden is an agency on probation. The new administration has rejected calls from some Democrats to eliminate the agency entirely, but Biden has placed ICE deportation officers on a leash so tight that some say their work is being functionally abolished.”
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