Supreme Court: Children Over 21 Go to Back of Visa Line

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that immigrant children whose parents' visa applications are still pending have to go to the back of the line when they turn 21. In a 5-4 decision, the justices sided with the Obama administration in ruling that most children who "age out" of the system no longer qualify for the immigration status granted to minors.

The case involved Salvadoran immigrant Rosalina Cuellar de Osorio, who spent years waiting for a visa along with her 13-year-old son. When her son turned 21, government officials said he no longer qualified as an eligible child. He was placed at the back of the line, resulting in a wait of several more years. The family won a challenge before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, but the Supreme Court on Monday reversed that decision.