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    Federal judge blocks Trump administration from deporting 300,000 immigrants under TPS

    Federal judge blocks Trump administration from deporting 300,000 immigrants under TPS

    Alan Gomez, USA TODAY
    Published 9:36 p.m. ET Oct. 3, 2018 | Updated 10:07 p.m. ET Oct. 3, 2018


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    A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the Trump administration to temporarily halt its plan to end a special federal immigration program that has allowed hundreds of thousands of immigrants to legally live and work in the U.S. for decades.

    U.S. District Judge Edward Chen ruled that the administration may have side-stepped federal rule-making guidelines, imposed undue political pressure on staffers, and violated the Equal Protection Clause by basing its decision "on animus against non-white, non-European immigrants."


    The ruling is the latest blow against President Donald Trump's efforts to overhaul the nation's immigration laws, following court orders limiting his travel ban targeting majority Muslim countries, his attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and his policy of separating migrant families along the southwest border.


    The preliminary injunction ordered by Chen prevents the deportation of an estimated 300,000 immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan, who were facing a series of deadlines starting in November to depart the country or risk becoming undocumented immigrants. These immigrants had been granted permission to be in the U.S. under the Temporary Protected Status program, better known as TPS. The humanitarian program was created in 1990 to help immigrants from countries that suffered war or major natural disasters.


    The Department of Homeland Security, which manages TPS, has argued that the program has been wrongly extended for years, and that conditions in those four countries are now suitable for thousands of their residents to return home.


    But the northern California federal judge disagreed with the administration and sided — at least for now — with the plaintiffs. He set a hearing for Oct. 26.


    In reaching his decision, Chen ruled that there is no immediate harm to the federal government if its decision to end TPS is temporarily halted. But he wrote that there would be enduring, longstanding harm to TPS holders, and the communities in which they live, if they’re forced to leave the country.


    Chen cited a brief filed by 17 states that estimated they would lose $132 billion in gross domestic product, $5.2 billion in Social Security and Medicare contributions, and $733 million in employer turnover costs if TPS recipients are sent home.

    As for the TPS holders themselves, Chen focused on the thousands of U.S.-born children they've had since living in the U.S.


    TPS holders are “faced with a Hobson’s choice of bringing their children with them (and tearing them away from the only country and community they have known) or splitting their families apart,” the judge wrote.

    Chen focused much of his 43-page decision on the way that the Trump administration reached its decision. He wrote that former Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke did not appear to have reached her decision to end TPS based on the facts before her, but was "largely carrying out or conforming with a predetermined presidential agenda to end TPS."

    Chen said that agenda may have been tainted by racial bias. The judge listed off multiple comments and actions by Trump, during his presidential campaign and after moving into the White House, as indications that the TPS termination had a racial component behind it.


    The judge listed:


    • Trump's comments during his June 2015 speech announcing his candidacy when he characterized Mexicans as drug dealers, criminals and rapists.
    • His December 2015 call for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States."
    • A report in the Washington Post in January 2018 that President Trump referred to El Salvador, Haiti and African nations as "shithole countries."
    • A February 2018 speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference where Trump "used MS-13...to disparage immigrants, indicating that they are criminals and comparing them to snakes."


    “The issues are at least serious enough to preserve the status quo,” he wrote.


    The suit against DHS was filed last March by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and other immigrant advocates.


    “Despite the administration’s efforts to twist the existing TPS statute, this preliminary injunction preserves its long-existing intent and avoids the deportation of more than three hundred thousand individuals to countries unfit to accommodate them and, equally importantly, prevents the separation of hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizen children from their parents,” the plaintiffs said in a statement to USA Today.


    “Judge Chen’s decision reaffirms the importance of our judicial system and the checks and balances in place to hold our government accountable,” they said.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...ps/1517268002/

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    Well, so once again, Trump's immigration solutions are stalled by the courts. How frustrating that must be for the people working for Trump trying to unravel this giant hairball.
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    In reaching his decision, Chen ruled that there is no immediate harm to the federal government if its decision to end TPS is temporarily halted. But he wrote that there would be enduring, longstanding harm to TPS holders, and the communities in which they live, if they’re forced to leave the country.
    That's not a legal argument. It's a moral argument and judges aren't supposed to do that. This is yet another case of judges writing laws even though the constitution says they can't do that. If Kav gets on the bench, this is history.
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    Chen cited a brief filed by 17 states that estimated they would lose $132 billion in gross domestic product, $5.2 billion in Social Security and Medicare contributions, and $733 million in employer turnover costs if TPS recipients are sent home.
    Now lets add up all the money these states will SAVE due to millions less illegals using schools and hospital ERs for free health care and collecting welfare. Also far fewer highway crashes which will save the states billions in medical bills and property damage. And then there's the prison costs of all these illegals who see nothing wrong with breaking our laws.
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    "But the northern California federal judge disagreed with the administration...."

    Oh jeez. I thought it was going to be Massachusetts or Maryland or some other liberal place. No Cal? Really?
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    DOJ condemns ruling blocking Trump immigration policy

    By The Associated Press
    SAN FRANCISCO — Oct 4, 2018, 12:51 AM ET

    The Latest on a California judge blocking a Trump immigration policy (all times local):

    9:50 p.m.

    The Department of Justice is condemning a judge's ruling that blocks the Trump administration from ending protections for 300,000 immigrants living and working in the United States.

    A federal judge in San Francisco issued a temporary injunction Wednesday that bars the administration from ending a program that allowed people from Haiti, Sudan, Nicaragua and El Salvador to stay in the U.S. temporarily.

    The ruling comes in a lawsuit that contends the administration improperly changed the rules for the program out of racism.

    DOJ spokesman Devin O'Malley says the ruling "usurps the role of the executive branch" and the administration did nothing improper.

    In the ruling, Judge Edward Chen said ending the protections could cause great suffering and harm to families. He also said there's evidence that President Donald Trump harbors animus toward non-white aliens. He cited Trump's remarks disparaging Mexicans, Muslims and certain nations.

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    6:40 p.m.

    A federal judge in San Francisco has blocked the Trump administration from ending protections that allowed immigrants from four countries to live and work legally in the United States.

    The judge on Wednesday granted a request for a preliminary injunction that temporarily bars the administration from ending a program that allowed 300,000 people from Haiti, Sudan, Nicaragua and El Salvador to stay in the U.S.

    The program granted temporary protection to people because of war or natural disasters in their home countries.

    U.S. District Judge Edward Chen said ending the program could cause great suffering and hardship to families. He also said there's evidence that "President Trump harbors an animus against non-white, non-European aliens."

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    Appeal the ruling!! VOTE AND CONFIRM KAVANAUGH so we have a full court reviewing everything this Session which started 4 days ago. GET R DONE!!
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    They cause great HARM to our pocketbooks, our way of life and OUR well being.

    Deport the whole family..."Temporary" Status is OVER!

    No permanent path to stay!

    They would have these "children" whether they were in their country, our country, in the middle of the ocean or on planet Mars!

    SHIP THEM OUT!
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    While some of these folks under TPS came here through visas, the majority of them were here illegally. Basically they were given a temporary amnesty, just like the DACA illegals. It's time they realize their 'gravy train' is coming to a screeching halt. Time to pack your bags, be thankful for the opportunity afforded while it lasted, and go back home!

    T - Temporary
    P - Protected
    S - Status

    This isn't about hurt feelings or a reduction in quality of life. This is about the law. Your temporary status here was never a permanent solution and you knew this going in!
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