Federal Lawsuit Against Trump Administration Challenges TPS Termination for Hondurans


Today, in response to the Trump Administration’s discriminatory termination of humanitarian protection for Hondurans, civil rights and immigrant justice organizations jointly filed an amended complaint in federal court in Boston to protect TPS beneficiaries.

The amended complaint was filed in Centro Presente et al. v. Trump et al., a pending federal lawsuit brought by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice on behalf of Centro Presente and TPS beneficiaries to challenge the termination of TPS for Haitian and Salvadoran immigrants. The amended complaint specifically seeks to protect Honduran TPS beneficiaries as well.

The amended complaint adds organizational and individual plaintiffs who are experiencing the brunt of the federal government’s racially motivated campaign against immigrant families and children. The amended complaint features:

  • Plaintiff Yesy Patricia Carbajal, a courageous Honduran immigrant residing in Revere, Massachusetts. She has been a TPS beneficiary since 1999. Ms. Carbajal has a bright and talented four-year old U.S. citizen daughter born in Massachusetts. To provide for her daughter, Ms. Carbajal works in the male-dominated construction industry. For years, Ms. Carbajal has built the Commonwealth’s infrastructure by hand. She is an active member of Centro Presente.
  • Plaintiff Haitian-Americans United (H.A.U.), the leading Haitian community-based organization dedicated to empowering immigrants and refugees in Greater Boston, home to the third-largest Haitian-American community in the United States. The organization is the heart of the Haitian and Haitian-American community in Boston.
  • Numerous claims – including violations of the U.S. Constitution and the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) – detailing illegal and discriminatory actions undertaken by the Trump Administration in the process of terminating TPS.

Through the amended complaint, the Lawyers’ CommitteeCentro Presente, and Haitian-Americans United now stand together to protect Honduran, Haitian and Salvadoran recipients of TPS.

“Our communities continue to be rocked to the core with every new action by this racist administration,” said Patricia Montes, Executive Director of Centro Presente. “Honduras and El Salvador are not ready to receive and reintegrate immigrants who are being deported from the United States. Conditions in those countries continue to be extreme, and Honduran and Salvadoran immigrants remain in need of humanitarian protection,” added Ms. Montes.

“From the Trump Administration’s first day, the federal government has targeted immigrants of color. There is tremendous fear in the Haitian community. Haitian-American families and children deserve respect for our tremendous contributions to the history, culture, and economy of the United States. We are joining this case to protect all our members from discrimination,” said Dieufort J. Fleurissaint of Haitian-Americans United.

“Today, we make good on our promise to protect TPS beneficiaries from Honduras from discrimination. The federal government continues to escalate its hateful, harmful, and heinous actions targeting immigrants of color for discriminatory and unconstitutional treatment. We will not stand for immigration policies that violate our Constitution, core American values, and fundamental human rights principles,” said Iván Espinoza-Madrigal, the Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee.

The amended complaint is available here:

Amended Complaint - As Filed