One of Donald J. Trump’s core policy positions, which he repeatedly talked about during the 2016 campaign, was immigration reform, including the much abused ‘Temporary Protected Status’ holders who have been here for years. Some have been here decades longer than was planned.
Earlier this year, President Trump’s administration decided to end the ‘Temporary’ Protected Status program for around 300,000 people who were supposed to be in the United States temporarily. Yesterday, a judge issued an injunction, blocking the policy change, suggesting that Donald Trump had a ‘racist motive’ in ending the ‘non-white’ program.
Judge Chen decided that President Trump, who has oversight and power over the program, should not be allowed to ‘trample’ the rights of people who have no constitutional rights that weren’t granted to them by the executive branch in the first place. In fact, the people here by American grace and favor actually said that they wouldn’t allow the President to take away their rights.
Judge Chen ruled that ending the program would result in “irreparable harm and great hardship” for the people covered by the program, as well as their families.
In Judge Chen’s ruling, he declared that the United States must continue to host people from those nations on a ‘Temporary’ Protected Status as the lawsuit against Donald Trump’s decision continues to work its way through the court.
Over 1,000 people from Sudan covered by the program were set to lose their protections in less than a month, on November 2, and more were set to lose that status in the upcoming year.
During hearings last week, Chen ‘agreed’ that the Trump administration’s decision to end the TPS program, which, again, was meant to be temporary, was “based in racial motivations,” and not in any “consideration of the law or safety.”
The allegation that Donald Trump is a racist was used as the basis for suing the federal government to stop the adoption of new nations on the list of countries banned from entering the United States.
Working Families United, one of the organizations involved in the lawsuit, wrote that they “won’t allow” Donald Trump to strip away “our members,” and that they would fight until there was action in every branch of the government to “protect workers and union members with TPS.”
That certainly sounded like they were saying that undermining the rule of law, and the executive control of the program, was more important than the possibility that WFU might lose a few people’s union dues.
According to news outlets, there are around 263,000 Salvadorans, 5,300 Nicaraguans, 46,000 Haitians, and 1,000 Sudanese people covered under the ‘Temporary’ status.
However, for many nations, this ‘temporary’ status has dragged on for years.
People from El Salvador, of which there are 263,280 in the country, first received the status due to the 2001 earthquakes that rocked their nation.
Haitians first received the status in response to the 2010 earthquake.
Hondurans received the status due to Hurricane Mitch, which made landfall in 1998, two decades ago! Nicaraguans received the status for the same reason, and at the same time.
The Sudanese received the status in 2013, due to conflict in the region.
Somalis received the status in 2012, when the nation found itself embroiled in yet another civil war, not unlike the constant ones that have plagued it for centuries.
So many of these groups have been in the United States for years upon years, even though the program was designed so that people could seek refuge in the U.S.A. until their countries fixed whatever issues they had.
Has it really taken El Salvador 20 years to recover from a hurricane? Is Nicaragua still reeling from Hurricane Mitch?
At some point, these people were supposed to return to their lives in their home countries.
Instead, thanks to leftist influence and advocacy groups, it became easier for politicians to just extend the statuses by 18 months (1.5 years) at a time indefinitely.
The first word of the status is ‘temporary.’ Thinking people understand that just because unions don’t like it, and because leftists call it racist to tell people to go back to their homelands, which they were told would happen when they received the status, does not mean it is ‘illegal’ or ‘racially motivated,’ and Obama’s judicial appointee should know that.
At this point, if Chen continues onward to rule against the Donald Trump administration, it seems likely that the case will be overturned in the future, simply delaying the date that these people will be forced to leave the nation.