Response to Favorable TPS Ruling from Federal Court in California

Statement in Response to Favorable TPS Ruling from Federal Court in California

Yesterday, Judge Edward Chen of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued a temporary order protecting TPS recipients from four countries – Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti, and El Salvador – during the pendency of Ramos v. Nielsen, a case seeking to halt the Trump Administration’s rescission of TPS.

The California ruling relies on a favorable TPS decision secured by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice this summer in Centro Presente v. Trump from the federal court in Boston.

Judge Chen’s favorable decision confirms that families will suffer irreparable harm if TPS is terminated. It also demonstrates that TPS recipients are likely to ultimately succeed at trial on the merits of their claims against the federal government. We applaud this ruling.

TPS recipients, including those represented by the Lawyers’ Committee in Boston, have legally lived, worked, and raised children in the United States for decades. They own homes and businesses. They have U.S. citizen children.

As the Lawyers’ Committee’s latest report shows, forcibly deporting TPS recipients and their children to countries such as El Salvador would be tantamount to a death sentence.

Since the California ruling does not encompass TPS recipients from Honduras, the Lawyers’ Committee will continue litigating against the Trump Administration in Boston to ensure the full protection of immigrants from Honduras.

To learn more about TPS recipients click here.

To read the Lawyers’ Committee’s report on country conditions in Honduras and El Salvador click here.

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice filed the first lawsuits in the country against the Trump Administration on behalf of sanctuary cities; to save TPS on behalf of Honduran immigrants; and to block immigration arrests in courthouses. This summer, the organization successfully reunited children who were forcibly separated by the federal government from their parents at the U.S. border.