Immigrants Start a Court Case Against Trump's Removal of Temporary Protected Status


Earlier this year, the Trump administration terminated the temporary protection for immigrants with temporary residency permits. This decision was a hard hit on nearly 200,000 Salvadorans who now have a deadline to leave the United States by September of next year or obtain a green card status.

After the earthquakes of 2001 in El Salvador, immigrants from there coming to the United States were given Temporary Protected Status (TPS) that is renewed in every 18 months.

The administration denied that this action was a continuation of its broader anti-immigrant politics. According to them, the conditions in El Salvador have improved enough after the earthquake, and the Salvadorans no longer needed a refuge in the United States.

Nine immigrants, five of which are children, have filed a suit in a federal court in San Francisco against the decision. The residents are natives of El Salvador, Nicaragua, Sudan, and Haiti.

The immigrants legible for deportation feel that they and their children's lives are being uprooted with the major and unexpected change.

Orlando Zepeda, a plaintiff from El Salvador, has lived in California for more than 30 years and has two children aged 12 and 14. He has left his native country as a teenager - a completely different country now, and his whole family and life are in the United States.

Zepeda is just one of the many immigrants that have filed a court case against Trump's decisions regarding immigration policies. Most of these immigrant's allegations are on the basis of what they feel is racial prejudice. Trump's use of vulgar language regarding the countries of the TPS has given a concrete fact to step on as evidence.

The lawsuit blames the United States for narrowing its traditionally humanitarian policies and an outlook for people from different countries and racial backgrounds.

The humanitarian program that gives the Temporary Protection Status evaluates the status of the countries that are under its wing. The Trump administration deemed that the four countries of Haiti, El Salvador, Sudan, and Nicaragua are no longer liable for this protection.

American-born children of these immigrants can stay in the United States without their parents under a class-action status for children. Their parents and families feel that it is unfair for these children to choose between their parents and families and the country they were born and raised in.