One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Supreme Court Scialabba Decision Begs Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Article ID: 619027

Released: 9-Jun-2014 3:00 PM EDT

Source Newsroom: Cornell University

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Some young immigrants waiting for green cards through their parents will have to start the process all over again when they turn 21, the Supreme Court ruled today in the case, Scialabba v. De Osorio. The 5-4 vote created an unusual bloc of justices with several different interpretations of the federal law at issue. Cornell immigration expert and immigration law professor Stephen Yale-Loehr says the decision highlights the need for comprehensive immigration reform.

Yale-Loehr says:

“The Supreme Court’s fractured opinion today shows the complexity of U.S. immigration law.

“Several Republican and Democratic members of Congress urged the court to rule differently. Congress should enact comprehensive immigration reform quickly to cure this and many other ambiguities.”

MEDIA NOTE: The Supreme Court’s decision in Scialabba v. De Osorio is at


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