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Federal Court Weighs Fate of Protected Status for 300,000 Immigrants

HeadlineAug 15, 2019

Meanwhile, in Pasadena, California, hundreds of protesters rallied Wednesday outside a federal appeals court, calling on judges to uphold an injunction against President Trump’s attempts to end TPS, or temporary protected status, for more than 300,000 immigrants. The injunction was ordered last October by a U.S. district judge, who ruled that Trump’s move to cut off protections to people from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Syria may have had a “discriminatory purpose.” On Wednesday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals considered the Trump administration’s challenge to that order. This is Martha Arevalo, director of the Central American Resource Center.

Martha Arevalo: “This is just a temporary fix to make sure that families are not separated and that children, like the little girl you saw here today, don’t have to make the choice whether to live without their parents in their country or to live in exile just so they could be with their parents. That is not justice. That is not the American values and principles that we have been sold. That is not right.”

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