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Federal Court affirms the administration’s decision to terminate TPS

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal recently ruled in favor of the Trump Administration to end the Temporary Immigration Protection Program TPS for Immigrants from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti and Sudan, Honduras and Nepal.

Since September 14 of this year, in a decision of 2 Judges against one, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, allowed the Trump Administration to end the Temporary Protection Program known as TPS; However, this does not mean that these deportations will have immediate effects, in other words, the decision that was made means that the TPS will only protect the affected groups until January 4th, 2021 and their work permits will expire and cannot be renewed, as well as the renewal of their driver’s licenses.

TPS is known since its approval in 1990, to  give temporary protection in the US to people from countries affected by natural disasters or civil conflicts, many of them have been for almost 2 decades, that is, 20 years with their deportations suspended and a permit to work in the country.

Pro-immigrant activists question the decision made by the Judges, right in the middle of the pandemic; it is likely that this decision made by the Ninth Circuit Court will end up in the US Supreme Court. 

It is important to emphasize that although this news is very unfortunate for the immigrant population, we must not lose our calm, much less our hope. We know that these decisions generate anguish and confusion, but there are still legal mechanisms that we can count on. 

Pro-immigrant activists have 30 days to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.