U.S. Supreme Court issues opinion in case regarding grants of Temporary Protected Status to non-citizens

The U.S. Supreme Court issued orders on June 7 emanating from their June 3 conference and issued an opinion in one case.

The court accepted one new case to be argued during the upcoming 2021-2022 term, Federal Bureau of Investigation v. Fazaga. The case concerns the state-secrets privilege and originated from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

To date, the court has accepted 19 cases for argument next term. Including FBI v. Fazaga, the court has granted review in four cases originating from the 9th Circuit. 

The court decided one case, Sanchez v. Mayorkas, on June 7. The case was argued in April and concerned grants of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to non-citizens. In a unanimous ruling, the court upheld the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit’s ruling, holding that a TPS recipient who entered the United States unlawfully is not eligible for lawful-permanent-resident (LPR) status because of their TPS grant. Justice Elena Kagan authored the court’s majority opinion. 

To date, the court has decided 43 cases this term, nine of which originated from the 9th Circuit. 

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