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ICYMI: Color Lines, “Judge Says Immigrants Losing Protected Status Can Sue Trump Administration”

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Reporting for Color Lines, Alfonso Serrano writes that a judge in San Francisco is allowing Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders to sue the Trump Administration for terminating TPS for over 300,000 immigrants legally working and raising families in the U.S. The ruling is a ray of hope in light of the horrendous implications that would follow the forcible deportation of immigrant parents from their more than 273,000 U.S.-born children with American citizenship.

You can find an excerpt of Serrano’s article below:  

U.S. District Judge Edward Chen ruled that courts can review the lawsuit seeking to reestablish TPS for immigrants from the four countries. They were originally offered TPS in the wake of natural disasters and political turmoil in their home countries.

The suit, filed in February, alleges that President Donald Trump’s stated reasons for ending TPS—that conditions in their home countries had improved enough for the immigrants to return—are a “smokescreen” for a racist immigration agenda.


Roughly 50,000 Haitians were granted TPS after a devastating earthquake rattled their country in 2010. They have an estimated 27,000 U.S.-born children, and in 2015, the billions of dollars they sent back to the island in remittances amounted to 25 percent of the country’s GDP.

The nearly 200,000 Salvadorans benefitting from TPS, granted by George W. Bush after a 7.6 magnitude earthquake killed over 1,000 people in 2001, have an estimated 192,000 U.S.-born children and contribute $3 billion to the U.S. GDP. In January, the Trump administration announced they have 18 months to leave the country or face deportation.