Immigrant defense organizations regretted the decision of the Ninth Circuit of Appeals to authorize the government of the president Donald trump end the Temporary Protected Status program (TPS) from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti and Sudan.
“This is a dark day”, said Elissa Diaz, Policy Associate at Church World Service and President of the Interfaith Immigration Coalition. “The impact of this decision is difficult to face. The lives of hundreds of thousands of people… are again in danger. They and their children and family members born in the United States must be in mourning. “
He added that Congress should approve the Dream and Promise Act, which would ensure a path to citizenship for “dreamers” and the so-called “Tepesians” following the decision of the court, in a vote of 2 to 1.
The Church World Service organization noted that more than 130,000 essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic could be affected by the decision.
“TPS holders are integral members of our communities. They pay taxes, start businesses, volunteer and during a pandemic that is ravaging our nation, they are serving on the front line, ”said the reverend. John L. McCullough, President and CEO of Church World Service. “Taking away their protected status is cruel, not only because it will destroy everything they have built here, but because it could return them to potentially dangerous conditions.”
He accused the government of President Trump of knowing the conditions to which it would send these immigrants, but instead of protecting them, they “continue to marginalize, exclude and deport them,” also impacting their families, many of them American children.
TPS was created by Congress in 1990 to protect people fleeing nations devastated by war and disasters, in order to have immigration protection and Employment Authorization.
In the past 20 years, Republican and Democratic administrations had spread the programs across each country, but President Trump decided to terminate them.
“I found out about TPS when the president tried to end it for my mom. But as the daughter of a TPS holder, I didn’t think twice before facing the president to defend my mother and our family. “, said Crista Ramos, a US-born teenager who is the lead plaintiff in the case Ramos vs. Wolf (formerly Ramos vs. Nielsen) presented by the ACLU Foundation of Southern California, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, and Sidley Austin LLP on behalf of nine people with TPS and five US citizen children.
The CLINIC organization joined in the criticism of the judges who authorized the termination of the program.
“Congress created the Temporary Protected Status more than thirty years ago with good reason, because it would be inconceivable to deport people to situations of crisis and conflict,” he said. Anna Gallagher, executive director of CLINIC. “No family should be faced with the choice of separating or moving their entire family, including US citizen children, to a country where they are in danger.”
The Office of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) informed this newspaper that it will review the court’s decision, which had the vote against the judge Morgan christen.