Posted by on March 12, 2018
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(by Julia Cheever) – Nine immigrants and five citizen children sued the administration of President Donald Trump in federal court in San Francisco today in a bid to end the termination of their permission to remain in the United States.

The immigrants are from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan and currently have temporary protected status, or TPS, granted to people from countries facing natural disasters, armed conflict or other upheaval.

Over the past 14 months, the Trump administration has terminated that status, effective at various times in 2019.

More than 300,000 people from the four counties have been granted TPS approval and some have been in the U.S. for up to 20 years. They have more than 200,000 children who are citizens.

The lawsuit claims that the termination of TPS status violates the constitutional rights of due process and equal protection as well as the federal Administrative Procedure Act, which prohibits arbitrary and capricious actions by administrative agencies.

The citizen children born in the U.S. also claim the action impairs their liberty rights to remain in the United States and to be with their families, by forcing them to choose between leaving the country and
being raised by their parents.

The lawsuit also alleges Trump’s decision was motivated by racism. It cites the president’s alleged reference in January to Haiti, El Salvador and certain African nations as “s—hole countries.”

The TPS termination “arises from the Trump Administration’s repeatedly expressed racism toward non-white, non-European people from other countries,” the lawsuit claims.

Plaintiff Sherika Blanc, 27, of Valrico, Florida, came to the U.S. from Haiti at age 8 and is now a nursing assistant and health unit coordinator at a hospital.

At a news conference outside the federal courthouse in San Francisco this morning, she said, “I’m not asking him (Trump) to give us equal rights, I’m asking him to stop denying the rights that everyone has.”

Plaintiff Mazin Ahmed, 19, who came from Sudan six years ago and is now a college student in Maine, said, “We’re not doing this just for ourselves, but for everyone to get their rights.”

The lawsuit asks for a court order declaring that the TPS termination was unconstitutional and illegal and cannot be enforced.

A lawsuit challenging the termination of the program for Haitians was filed in federal court in Boston in January and a second lawsuit on behalf of Haitians and Salvadorans was filed in federal court in Baltimore in
February.

But today’s case is the first to claim the constitutional rights of citizen children whose parents have had TPS rights. The defendants in the lawsuit are the United States and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

4 responses to Immigrants, Citizen Children Sue To Challenge Termination Of Temporary Protected Status

  1. Darwin March 12th, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    They are not immigrants, they are illegal aliens.

  2. Dewey''s Mom March 13th, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    Yes, that is what we would be if we entered into their country of origin, and we would be in big trouble!

  3. Willy March 14th, 2018 at 8:58 am

    I’ve seen how the cops treat tourists in Mexico. They pull you over for nothing and demand cash payment and threaten jail if you don’t pay. I could only imagine what it would be like as an illigal alien in Mexico. I once saw a man who drove away from the police and hid in a hotel bathroom I was using. They kicked in the stall door and beat him with their rifle butts. They threw him in the back of a 1976 Ford LTD hog-tied. Crooked does not describe the grift going on in that country.

  4. Giddyup March 15th, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    They come here because, unlike their countries of origin, we are a nation of laws. Then illegals demonstrate and protest because we enforce those laws. Sorry folks, you can’t have it both ways. Enter the country legally, or don’t come here at all. It’s that simple.

    When illegals break the law and go free, it encourage everyone else to do the same. Very soon the society decends into the chaos they left behind to come here. Illegals are not respecting our borders or our laws and without borders and laws we have no country.