Salvadorans could register directly with ABC or their application for temporary protection status could be interpreted as a recording for ABC benefits. Guatemalans had to sign up for ABC benefits. The ABC Settlement Agreement expressly excludes the following registered ABC class members from eligibility for ABC benefits: those who have been convicted of serious offences [as defined in INA 101 A;43]; and those who were arrested while attempting to re-enter the United States after December 19, 1990. The American Baptist Churches v. Thornburgh (ABC) Settlement Agreement was a class action scheme between a class of Guatemalan and Salvadoran nationals and the U.S. government at American Baptist Churches v. Thornburgh, 760 F. Supp. 796 (N.D. Cal.
1991) on January 31, 1991. The agreement provided special benefits to some Guatemalans and Salvadorans considered to be members of the ABC class. A particular advantage codified in Section 203 of the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) is the possibility of requesting the removal of removal [after the old suspension of removal] or the suspension of removal. In addition to members of the ABC class, a number of Eastern Europeans are eligible for a waiver under NACARA 203. When a foreigner is granted an exemption under NACARA No. 203, his or her status is suitable for eligible permanent resident status. This overview describes the conditions for the lifting or suspension of certain provisions, the benefits of these exemptions over the regular cancellation of non-LPR removal, and the benefits of a discharge under NACARA No. 203.
In addition, extraterrestrial spouses or children who are victims of battery or extreme cruelty by a stranger described above may be entitled to NACARA 203 benefits before an immigration judge. Another advantage to being part of the ABC lawsuit is that it is a way to meet the requirements for NACARA`s benefits for Guatemalans and Salvadorans.  All applicants who met the conditions, to the extent that they were entitled to transaction benefits, were entitled to a work permit as one of those benefits. Q: If I am eligible for ABC benefits, are my spouse and children eligible? A: Not necessarily. Each person must justify their own authorization for ABC benefits. This means that your spouse or child can only qualify for ABC benefits if the USCIS finds that an ABC class member would otherwise be eligible for ABC benefits, but for one of these two reasons, they will send a letter explaining that the ABC class member is not eligible for ABC benefits. The ABC class member must not be removed within 30 days of the date of the notice of contract and may use this delay to challenge the judgment. After five years, an agreement was finally reached between the applicants and, for the most part, the NSIS. This is probably because litigation has been very costly over the past five years and a trial would have cost even more.
The complainants had also gathered a considerable amount of evidence and had, which seemed to be a very strong argument against INS.  In the end, the complainants were able to secure de novo Adjudication for many Guatemalan and Salvadoran migrants awaiting further interviews, were also granted a stay of deportation and work permits.