A U.S. District Court Judge has temporarily blocked the Trump Administration from ending Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for immigrants from Nicaragua, El Salvador, Haiti and Sudan. The Trump Administration had previously announced TPS would end for these countries over the next year and a half.
TPS allows immigrants from these countries to live and work legally in the United States. Estimates show that more than 300,000 immigrants have benefited from the program. More than 200,000 immigrants who remain in the United States under this program could face deportation if the program were ended as the Trump Administration plans. The U.S. District Court Judge ruled that the Justice Department failed to show harm in continuing the program, and further ruled that the individuals who brought the lawsuit would be significantly harmed by discontinuing TPS and losing legal status in the country.
The ruling, although temporary, is a positive sign for TPS holders as their status was placed in question by the Trump Administration ruling last year to end the program. If the program does end as ordered by the Trump Administration, many immigrants affected by its termination will be eligible for another common form of immigration relief—cancellation of removal.