Appeals Court Sides with Trump on phasing out “Temporary Protected Status” for multiple countries

In a 2-1 ruling, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with President Trump in a major immigration ruling and reversed a lower court decision that had blocked his move to phase out “Temporary Protected Status” for people from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan.

The ruling is also expected to effect the TPS of people from Honduras and Nepal who were part of a separate lawsuit.

According to US News “the TPS enrollees from the six countries currently have work authorization through Jan. 4, 2021. The appeals court ruling means that those immigrants will be required to find another way to remain in the United States legally or depart after a wind-down period of at least six months and longer in the case of El Salvador. However, the case is likely to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which could delay that outcome.”

Judge Consuleo Callahan, a Bush appointee, wrote in the majority opinion “While we do not condone the offensive and disparaging nature of the president’s remarks, we find it instructive that these statements occurred primarily in contexts removed from and unrelated to TPS policy or decisions.”