The Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for over 300,000 migrants from Haiti, El Salvador, Honduras, and Sudan cannot be revoked anytime soon according to a California U.S. District Judge’s recent ruling.

Edward Chen, a federal judge appointed by Barack Obama, cited that the Trump Administration’s proposal of ending TPS for individuals from those countries would result in “irreparable harm and great hardship” and claimed the “president’s referral to TPS countries as ‘s-hole countries’ harbors an animus against non-white, non-Europeans.”

TPS is typically granted to countries that face unsafe conditions for its citizens to return to, such as a sudden domestic armed conflict or environmental disaster. The program gives aliens temporary legal status in the United States for at least six months, with the Department of Homeland Security having the option to extend their time.

Individuals from these four countries have resided in the U.S. for at least five years, with recipients from Nicaragua remaining in the country since 1998. Previous administrations had renewed TPS several times for beneficiaries, but the Trump Administration has argued that the conditions are now suitable for individuals to return back to their countries.

The Department of Homeland Security could not comment on this issue, but a Department of Justice spokesperson has stated, “The Justice Department completely rejects the notion that the White House or the Department of Homeland Security did anything improper. We will continue to fight for the integrity of our immigration laws and our national security.”

Dan Stein is the president of the Federation of Americans for Immigration Reform.

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