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Court sides with Trump on deporting immigrants
Published on: Wednesday, September 16, 2020
By: AFP
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Demonstrators participate in a march as they rally in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients and TPS holders during a protest for permanent residency outside the White House in Washington, DC.
LOS ANGELES: A US court of appeals gave the green light for the Trump administration to expel hundreds of thousands of nationals from four countries who had been granted protected status for humanitarian reasons.

In a 2-1 ruling, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said a federal court in San Fransisco had erred when it issued an injunction protecting more than 300,000 immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan from being deported from the US.

President Donald Trump’s administration has sought to end the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) granted to these people—who have several hundred thousand American children—on the grounds that their countries which were previously wracked by unrest were now safe.

The ruling will not result in the immediate deportation of TPS holders, the American Civil Liberties Union said, as the challengers have vowed to file an appeal.

Writing for the majority, Judge Consuelo Callahan disagreed with arguments that a bid to terminate TPS was influenced by Trump’s alleged anti-immigrant bias shown through his controversial remarks, including a 2018 comment in which he referred to “s***hole countries.”

“Plaintiffs fail to present even ‘serious questions’ on the merits of their claim that the Secretaries’ TPS terminations were improperly influenced by the President’s ‘animus against non-white, non-European immigrants,’” Callahan wrote, referring to US-citizen children of TPS holders who are behind the case brought before the court.

The court’s majority added that while it did not “condone the offensive and disparaging nature” of Trump’s remarks, there was no proof his “alleged racial animus was a motivating factor in the TPS decisions.”

A statement by the American Civil Liberties Union said the ruling will lead to families who have lived lawfully in the US to be torn apart and vowed to fight the decision.

“The president’s vile statements about TPS holders made perfectly clear that his administration acted out of racial animus,” Ahilan Arulanantham, senior counsel of the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California, said in a statement. “The Constitution does not permit policy to be driven by racism.”



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