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Decision Provides Brief Reprieve, Does Not Change Urgency to Pass Dream and Promise Act
U.S. District Judge William F. Kuntz of the Eastern District of New York issued a nationwide temporary injunction preventing DHS from terminating Temporary Protected Status (TPS), for Haitians. The following is a statement from Pili Tobar, Deputy Director of America’s Voice, on the legal developments regarding TPS for Haitians:
Trump can’t hide behind his racism forever. America’s checks and balances are at play as our court system once again called out this administration for pushing white nationalist immigration policies.
However, we can only spare a moment to celebrate. This injunction provides only temporary reprieve to the thousands of Haitian immigrants who came to the U.S. seeking refuge from natural disasters that left their nation in ruins.
American leaders must not let this decision decrease the urgency to pass permanent protections for millions of hardworking immigrants whose lives have been upended at the hands of the Trump administration.
Congress must move swiftly to pass the Dream and Promise Act to ensure dreamers and TPS holders from Haiti, El Salvador, Honduras, Syria, Nepal, Nicaragua, Syria, Sudan, South Sudan, and Yemen are provided a path to permanent residency.
Congress must ensure that all people have an equal playing field and the opportunity to make America their official home.