TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jun 9, 2014

A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that most immigrant children who have become adults while their parents wait to become legal permanent residents should go to the back of the line when they turn 21. In a 5-4 decision, the justices sided with the Obama Administration in finding that immigration laws offer relief only to a small percentage of children who "age out" of the system. The rest – tens of thousands of children – will no longer qualify for the immigration status granted to minors, the Associated Press reports. Though a majority agreed to the ruling there was no majority opinion. Justices Elena Kagan, Anthony Kennedy and Ruth Bader Ginsburg signed one opinion while Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Antonin Scalia wrote a separate opinion. All five agreed to the outcome of the case but disagreed on the reasoning.