Trump administration hit with third lawsuit over ending TPS protections

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The Trump administration has just been hit with its third lawsuit over ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for hundreds of thousands of immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan. Yet again, his racist rants have come back to haunt him:

The lawsuit … cites President Donald Trump’s vulgar language during a meeting in January to describe African countries.

“They did it because of xenophobia, and we need to make sure that we say it loudly so that everyone knows,” said Martha Arevalo, executive director of the immigrant advocacy group, Central American Resource Center.

Differentiating this lawsuit is that five children have been included as plaintiffs in the lawsuit. More than 250,000 U.S. citizen kids have at least one TPS recipient parent, leaving them with the “impossible choice” of being deported along with their parents, or going into the shadows.

One of the plaintiffs, Cristina Morales, said she came to the U.S. in 1993 at the age of 12 after fleeing El Salvador to escape domestic violence. She received temporary protected status in 2001 and now works as an after-school teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area.

She was accompanied at the rally by her 14-year-old daughter, Crista Ramos, who along with her 11-year-old son, Diego Ramos, are U.S. citizens.

Morales, 37, her voice quivering with emotion, said she has nothing to go back to in El Salvador.

TPS can be renewed at any time by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), but instead this administration is hellbent on sweeping out brown and black immigrants, including their U.S. citizen kids. Ahilan Arulanantham, advocacy and legal director of the ACLU of Southern California: “These American children should not have to choose between their country and their family.”

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