BREAKING: 9th Circ. Allows End To Temporary Protected Status for people from El Salvador, Haiti, Sudan and Nicaragua
By Suzanne Monyak
Law360 (September 14, 2020, 1:29 PM EDT) — A split Ninth Circuit panel on Monday reversed a federal judge’s order that preserved temporary immigration protections for individuals from four countries, paving the way for the Trump administration to deport more than 300,000 people.
In a 2-1 ruling, the three-judge panel found that a California federal judge overstepped when he temporarily barred the administration from ending temporary protected status — which gives deportation relief and work permits to individuals from designated countries in crisis — for people from El Salvador, Haiti, Sudan and Nicaragua.
The panel said the head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has “full and unreviewable discretion” to make decisions about TPS. The majority also concluded that the TPS holders, some of whom have lived in the U.S. for more than a decade, had not provided enough evidence to show the administration had racist intent when moving to terminate TPS for those nations.
A separate injunction preserving TPS for Haitians, issued by a New York federal court, still remains active.
The case is Crista Ramos et al. v. Kirstjen Nielsen et al., case number 18-16981, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.