On October 3, 2018, a federal judge in San Francisco, blocked the Trump Administration from ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The decision will allow TPS to continue for immigrants from four countries- Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti and El Salvador- and allow them to continue live and work legally in the United States. The judge stated that the move by the Trump Administration would cause “irreparable harm and great hardship.”
Judge Chen granted a request for a preliminary injunction that will allow the TPS program to continue beyond the September 2019 end date proposed by President Trump.
Approximately 300,000 people have been granted protection because they come from countries that have suffered natural disasters or war. Until the situations in these countries improve, these people are able to remain in the United States.
The Judge was moved by the Plaintiff’s argument that removing these immigrants would cause harm to both the local and national economy. He further went on to state that the government had failed to show the harm of continuing the program which has now been going on for 20 years.