Ninth Circuit Court Decision Endangers TPS Holders, Undermines Immigrants’ Rights

September 15, 2020
Contact: Janessa Sambola-Harris, [email protected]

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Ramos v. Nielsen:

“This ruling places hundreds of thousands of Temporary Protected Status holders from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan in deep jeopardy of being deported. Many of these individuals are essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, providing basic needs to their communities. To compound the cruelty, these residents would be forced to leave behind their American-born children when they are required to leave.

“Many TPS holders are in the United States for humanitarian reasons, not to be used as political chess pieces. Trump’s immoral war on immigrants is not only heartless and unnecessary, but it also hurts our economic and national security interests. We call on Congress to act swiftly to protect TPS holders by passing the Dream and Promise Act, H.R. 6. Immigrant rights are civil rights and our coalition stands with those fighting for dignity and humanitarian protections every day.”

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