Last week, U.S. District Judge Edward M. Chen blocks the Trump administration
from disbanding the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program which enables
immigrants from Haiti, Sudan, Nicaragua, and El Salvador to live and work
in the United States.
Since being created by Congress back in 1990, over 300,000 immigrants are
currently enrolled in the program. TPS was designed to allow citizens
suffering from natural disasters or civil unrest in ten countries to stay
in the U.S. on a temporary basis.
However, the Trump administration ended protections for immigrants in six
countries over the past year. Back in September 2017, TPS for Sudan citizens
were terminated despite the fact millions of people have been displaced
due to violence, disease, and food shortages. In the following month,
the administrated eliminated TPS for Haiti citizens, which affects more
than 50,000 individuals. Protections for citizens of Nicaragua, El Salvador,
Nepal, and Honduras ended in the months following.
The Americans Civil Liberties Union filed a class-action lawsuit (Ramos
v. Nielson) in the Northern District of California in March, alleging
the current administration failed to provide the constitutional protections
of due process to those affected by the termination of TPS. In two weeks
prior to Judge Chen’s response, he heard oral arguments from the
In the ruling, the federal judge stated the end of TPS would result in
substantial damage and hardship for immigrants since many of them have
lived in the country for at least 10 years, raised families during their
stay, and were part of the U.S. working force. He also added that evidence
was present that President Trump attempted to terminate the program based
on animosity toward immigrants who were either not Caucasian or of European
descent and failed to demonstrate how the government would suffer harm
while TPS continues.
For more information about the TPS program,
contact our Santa Barbara immigration attorney at
Appel & Morse today.