A federal appeals court panel of the Ninth Circuit reversed a district court ruling that blocked an attempt by the Trump administration to end temporary protected status (TPS) for certain foreign nationals living in the U.S. TPS provides eligible immigrants from certain countries who were in the United States at a certain time protection from deportation and work permits. The Trump administration has made several announcements about ending TPS protections for several countries so far, but in 2018, a federal judge in California placed an injunction preventing the program’s termination for immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan. The appeals court ruling lifts this injunction. Haitian nationals with TPS continue to be protected by a federal injunction in New York.
It is estimated that the 318,000 TPS holders, and their 279,000 American citizen children, could have their lives upended. After Monday’s ruling, Nicaraguans and Sudanese could lose TPS protections in a few months. Salvadorans could lose protections in a little over a year. The Trump administration has not yet made any announcements about ending TPS protections in the aftermath of the court ruling. It is likely that the American Civil Liberties Union’s attorneys representing the plaintiffs will appeal this decision to the full Ninth Circuit or the U.S. Supreme Court.
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It is not possible at present to predict exactly what will happen to TPS over the next few months. The ultimate fate of TPS could ride on the results of the 2020 election; TPS is much more likely to end if President Trump is re-elected. People who hold TPS protections may wish to seek other possible immigration solutions to living and working in the United States if they are available.
The immigration lawyers at the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth can help you determine if there are any potential avenues to seek permanent residency in the country should the TPS program end. Call us today at 888-517-9888 to receive a free consultation.