Monday, June 7, 2021
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"At 10 a.m. [today], the [Supreme Court] issued its decision in Sanchez v. Mayorkas. The justices held 9-0 that an individual who entered the United States unlawfully is not eligible to become a lawful permanent resident under 8 U.S.C. § 1255 even if the United States has granted the individual temporary protected status."
Justice Kagan delivered the opinion of a unanimous Court. The concluding paragraph of the nine page opinion reads as follows:
"Section 1255 generally requires a lawful admission before a person can obtain [lawful permanent resident] status. Sanchez was not lawfully admitted, and his [Temporary Protected Status] does not alter that fact. He therefore cannot become a permanent resident of this country. We affirm the judgment below."
Maryellen Fullerton offers a brief summary of the opinion on SCOTUSBlog.