LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A federal appeals court panel ruled on Monday that the Trump Administration can end humanitarian protections for over 300,000 immigrants who are living in the United States. This could clear the way for their potential deportation starting next year.
Temporary Protected Status holders are angry and very disappointed for the decisions made by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The decision affects citizens from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan, many of whom have lived in the US for decades.
TPS provides a work permit and Stay of Deportation to those foreigners who live in the US and whose countries of origins face a natural disaster, civil conflict and/or any other condition that makes it not safe for them to return. Now, they could be subject to removal starting in January.
“The reason why we are here today is because of the injust decision,” said Miguel Barahona, TPS Nevada Committee member.
The Trump Administration expressed intent to end TPS in 2017 and 2018.
Paloma Guerrero, immigration attorney with the UNLV immigration clinic, says in response, there were multiple lawsuits, including here in Nevada.
“At the district court level, Ramos vs. Nielsen, what it was called back then, actually issued a preliminary injunction,” said Guerrero. “The preliminary injunction, what that means and what it does is it stops the Administration from ending TPS.”
Guerrero says it doesn’t grant them any benefits, it simply puts a stop to the efforts to end TPS.
“The case is now called Ramos Viwolf, is that a three-judge panel, the 9th circuit, ruled 2 to 1 and lifted that preliminary injunction.”
Barahona has lived in the US for 25 years.
“We been paying taxes for 20-25 years, 18 years business owners, why?” he questioned.
TPS holders say they don’t want a permit, but instead, a residency.
“How would you feel if the government of that country after 20 to 25 years comes and makes a decision and says, ‘You guys don’t belong here. You guys need to go back to your countries’?” Barahona asked.
He went on to say, “Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, is that fair? Is that just? Just imagine …. Your child comes to you and says, ‘dad, how come we need to leave this country? I was born here, daddy.'”
TPS was established by Congress in the early 1990s.
Barahona encourages all those with TPS to contact local senators.
Many with TPS say they will keep fighting until the end and hold a Journey for Justice campaign. They will visit 54 cities in the US.
Journey for Justice will take place in Las Vegas on Sept. 27 and go on for a total of eight weeks, traveling across the US to Washington D.C. to push their message.
The group advocates on behalf of permanent residency for all TPS holders.