Supreme Court skeptical of allowing temporary immigrants to apply for green cards

The Supreme Court on Monday showed skepticism about allowing temporary immigrants protected from deportation to apply for green cards.

The case’s outcome could affect more than 400,000 noncitizens who entered the United States illegally but live here under temporary federal protection. It concerns whether these people, many of whom fled natural disasters, can apply for lawful residency without having to leave the country first. The court, on Monday, questioned whether the terms of the Temporary Protected Status program, which protects them from deportation, allows an ease of access to green cards.

“We need to be careful about tinkering with the immigration statutes as written, particularly when Congress has such
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