Edward Chen blocks President Trump’s proposal to terminate temporary protected status for disaster-affected immigrants
Edward Chen, a district judge in San Francisco, has issued a preliminary injunction against the Trump administration’s decision to strip El Salvadorans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Sudanese of their temporary protected status, stating that the move would cause severe hardship and irreparable harm to people who have lived, worked, and raised families in the United States for decades. The plaintiffs in the appeal alleged that the administration’s decision was exclusively motivated by President Trump’s “America First” policy, and that expelling non-white immigrants would also constitute racial discrimination.
Temporary protected status is granted to people whose countries have been devastated by conflict or natural disasters and it enables them to remain in the US until the situation in their native country has improved. The judge ruled that the administration had not demonstrated how continuing the 20-year-old programme would be harmful, whereas the plaintiffs in the case had demonstrated that disrupting the lives of these immigrants would be detrimental to the local and national economies.
When temporary protected status was initially suspended for these countries, Elaine Duke, the then-acting secretary of homeland security, determined that El Salvador had received significant international aid following the 2001 earthquake, allowing for the reconstruction of damaged infrastructure. However, the nation is presently experiencing a surge of violent demonstrations against President Ortega, and a civil war looms on the horizon.
With the termination of temporary protected status, many affected families would be forced to choose between relocating their U.S.-born children from the only community, schools, and peers they have ever known, or separating the family. Approximately 200,000 adults and 200,000 children born after their arrival who are at risk of deportation would be affected by this decision.
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