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The protected status of immigrants has been revised by a US court of appeals, giving the go-ahead to the Trump administration to remove hundreds of thousands of foreign nationals from the US.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled that a federal court sitting in San Fransisco was wrong to have issued an injunction that protected over 300,000 immigrants from Haiti, Sudan, Nicaragua, and El Savador from deportation.
Trump's administration had fought to end the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for years, many of these immigrants have gone on to have American kids and sought refuge in the US due to various humanitarian issues.
Although, the ruling will not be implemented immediately, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) - that has pledged to appeal the case.
Defending the ruling, Judge Consuelo Callahan said, “Plaintiffs fail to present even ‘serious questions’ on the merits of their claim that the Secretaries’ TPS terminations were improperly influenced by the President’s ‘animus against non-white, non-European immigrants.'”
The ACLU in a statement said through its counsel, Ahilan Arulanantham, “The president’s vile statements about TPS holders made perfectly clear that his administration acted out of racial animus.
“The Constitution does not permit policy to be driven by racism.”
Denouncing the court's ruling, senior advocate, Refugees International, and immigration historian, Yael Schacher, said, “Many of those with TPS have lived in the United States for more than two decades and are serving as essential workers on the front lines of the pandemic response.
“The pain and fear caused by this decision will be felt deeply in communities across the United States, as long-time residents living with TPS are now left in limbo and face the risk of being separated from their American-born children.”
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