Judge Stops US from ending TPS for Some Immigrants
- 10/03/2018 by Linda Perry (WBAI News)

U.S. District Judge Edward Chen blocked the Trump administration's attempt to end TPS, Temporary Protected Status, for Haitians, Salvadorans, Hondurans, and Sudanese immigrants.

The protection is granted to countries devastated by natural disasters, or wars. It allows citizens of those countries to remain in the U.S. until conditions improve. Federal Judge Chen said the Trump administration failed to show harm in continuing the program and that it would uproot families "who have lived, worked, and raised families in the United States (many for more than a decade)." His ruling also said there is evidence that "President Trump harbors an animus against non-white, non-European aliens which influenced his ... decision to end the TPS designation." 

Javier H. Valdés, Co-Executive Director of Make the Road New York, on behalf of the organization’s more than 23,000 members said, “This preliminary injunction is enormously important for hundreds of thousands of immigrants across this country, whom the Trump administration is so cruelly trying to tear from their families and loved ones. Having fled civil wars and natural disasters, TPS beneficiaries have been in this country for years and decades and have become an integral part of our communities and this country’s economy. We will continue to fight in the courts and the streets to ensure that all TPS holders, regardless of their country of origin, remain in this country, and ultimately gain access, through legislation, to a path to citizenship. They are here to stay.”