||| Richard Gunion | Dreasmtime.com |||
They have been allowed to stay in the country and work impermanently as a form of assistance for being affected by natural disasters or war that devastated the nations where they came from. Now, that the U.S. administration thinks that their time is up, immigrants from four countries and their American-born children have sued the Trump administration for wishing to end a program that lets them stay and work in the country legally- and temporarily.
Nine immigrants and five children from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan filed the suit in federal court in San Francisco on Monday alleging that the decision to end their Temporary Protected Status (TPS) was racially motivated.
Such status is granted to countries ravaged by natural disasters or war. TPS allows citizens of such countries to remain in the U.S. until the situation improves back in their nations of origin.
The case is filed by the liberal American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. The group says more than 200,000 immigrants could face deportation due to the change in policy of the Trump administration.
The suit also seeks class-action status for the immigrants’ children.
In early January, the Trump administration announced that it will terminate the provisional residency permits of nearly 200,000 Salvadorans who have lived in the U.S. since 2001. The government has given the immigrants with TPS status until September 9, 2019 to leave the U.S. or find a legitimate way to obtain a green card.
Salvadorans were granted the TPS after earthquakes hit El Salvador in 2001. The immigrants have their permits renewed on an 18-month basis since then. The government feels that it is time for the immigrants to go back to their home country since situation has improved since the devastation nearly two decades ago.