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California Federal Judge Cites President Trump’s Racist Comments; Blocks Administration’s End of TPS for Four Countries

Since assuming office in January of 2017, President Trump has taken many different steps to restrict immigrant rights and increase deportations. Among the most brazen of these actions is the Administration’s effort to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for individuals from several different countries.

Previously, our Los Angeles immigration lawyers have discussed ending TPS for Nicaraguans and ending TPS for Salvadorans. Immigrants from Haiti and Sudan have also been affected. Now, at least temporarily, this Administration’s actions have been blocked. President Trump’s openly racist and hostile comments played a major role in the decision.

On October 3rd, United States District Judge Edward M. Chen (Northern California) issued a temporary injunction that blocked the Administration from ending TPS for individuals from all four of the aforementioned countries. According to reporting from National Public Radio (NPR), more than 300,000 immigrants are affected by this decision.

Judge Chen: Trump Motivated By Racial Animus Against Non-European Immigrants

Along with other parties, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) brought this lawsuit to protect the rights of the immigrants who are affected by President Trump’s abrupt end to TPS protection for people who are from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Sudan, and Haiti.

Judge Chen agreed with a key portion of the ACLU’s argument against the Trump Administration’s proposed policy: it was decided upon, at least in part, as a result of the president’s personal bias against “non-white, non-European immigrants.” Judge Chen listed a number of specific examples of the president’s bias, including his proposed Muslim ban, his offensive comments about Haitian immigrants, and his appalling comments about Nigerians. There are many other comments Judge Chen could have included as well.

Beyond the obvious underlying racial and ethnic animus displayed publicly and privately by President Trump, the Administration also failed to prove that the United States would suffer any irreparable harm if an injunction was put into place to stop the end of TPS.

What Happens Now: The Administration is Set to Appeal

This issue is far from over. The Trump Administration has already made remarks indicating that it will appeal the decision. A spokesperson for the Department of Justice (DOJ) told reporters for NPR that the DOJ and DHS vehemently deny that the agencies or Administration did anything improper. Both agencies are prepared to fight the decision. Further, there are some other similar TPS lawsuits that are pending in courts around the country. It is possible that once again another disruptive Trump Administration anti-immigrant policy will eventually be headed to the Supreme Court. Though, there are still many remaining steps in the legal process before that point. Our law firm will closely monitor any and all developments.

Get Help From an Immigration Lawyer in Los Angeles

At the Law Office of Joshua L. Goldstein, PC, we work tirelessly to protect immigrant rights. If you or a family member has questions or concerns about TPS or any other immigration law matter, please call our Los Angeles law office at (213) 262-2000. All immigration law consultations are fully confidential.