Ninth Circuit Allows End to Some Immigration Protections

Temporary protections had been for humanitarian reasons.

A three-judge panel in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, by a 2-1 ruling, reversed a lower court decision that blocked President Trump’s move to phase out the so-called Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for people from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan.  They upheld the Administration’s decision to end the protections that apply to hundreds of thousands of immigrants, many of whom have lived in the United States for decades.

TPS immigrants from six nations currently hold work authorization through January 4, 2021. The appeals court ruling means they will be required to find another way to remain in the U.S. legally, or depart after a wind-down period of at least six months (longer in the case of El Salvador).

The ruling is also expected to affect the status of individuals from Honduras and Nepal, who have a separate lawsuit that was suspended last year pending the outcome of the current case.

The ruling is expected to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For immigrants whose protected status has now been shut down by the Appeals Court upholding the decision of the Trump Administration.
  • For improvements in the home countries of those who will be required to return there.
  • That government officials working on immigration reform would have discernment.

Sources: Reuters, Law360


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