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Haitian And Salvadoran TPS Holders Sue Trump Administration

Haitian and immigration advocates hold a rally Saturday demanding the Trump administration extend Temporary Protected Status for Haitians at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office on Saturday, May 13, 2017.
Haitian and immigration advocates hold a rally Saturday demanding the Trump administration extend Temporary Protected Status for Haitians at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

Eight Haitian and Salvadoran immigrants living in the United States with temporary protection from deportation have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration, arguing that its decision to end Temporary Protected Status was based on racism and discrimination that violates their constitutional rights.

Also joining the lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Boston is Centro Presente, a community organization that advocates for TPS beneficiaries in Massachusetts. The suit was filed by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, which previously challenged the constitutionally of President Donald Trump’s executive order targeting sanctuary cities.

This is the second TPS-related lawsuit filed in recent weeks. Last month, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund  in a suit asked a federal judge in the U.S. District Court of Maryland to reverse the decision to end the humanitarian protections for nearly 60,000 Haitian immigrants. That suit argues that Acting Homeland Secretary Elaine Duke’s  November decision to end TPS for Haiti as of July 2019 is “irrational and discriminatory” and influenced by President Trump’s “public hostility toward immigrants of color.”

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