Jose Mauricio Gaona, O’Brien Fellow at the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism
Under US law, immigration authorities may exercise discretionary powers to allow otherwise inadmissible or removable aliens to enter or remain in the country. Such powers include, but are not limited to: (i) deferred actions, 8 U.S.C. § 1227(d)(2), e.g., DACA, (ii) parole to enter the U.S. on humanitarian grounds, 8 U.S.C. § 1182(d)(5)(A), and (iii) Temporary Protected Status for foreign nationals of designated states and circumstances, 8 U.S.C. § 1254(a), e.g., El Salvador, Haiti.