• The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) held a news conference at the east front of the U.S. Capitol March 11, 2014 to "demand that Congress and President Obama stop the senseless family-separation crisis that is gripping the immigrant community." Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images
    June 9, 2014   BY Sam Hananel, Associated Press 

    WASHINGTON — A divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that most immigrant children who have become adults during their parents’ years-long wait to become legal permanent residents of the United States should go to the back of the line in their own wait for visas.

    In a 5-4 decision, the justices sided with the Obama administration in finding that immigration laws offer relief only to a tiny percentage of children who “age out” of the system when they turn 21. The majority — tens of thousands of children— no longer qualify for the immigration status granted to minors. Continue reading