Donald Trump administration sued over Temporary Protected Status immigration policy

Vastavam web: Trump administration efforts to end the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) of many US immigrants has been met with a lawsuit lodged by six residents in Washington D.C. TPS was created by Congress and included in the US Immigration Act 1990 to provide temporary immigration status for those from countries affected by conflict or environmental disaster. The lawsuit seeks to prevent a policy change that would make it harder for some immigrants to clear old deportation orders. According to a number of immigrant advocacy groups, the Trump administration’s bid to end the TPS program would leave thousands vulnerable to deportation from the US.

Many with TPS status under US immigration rules want to become lawful permanent residents, which would enable them to apply for US citizenship. However, most immigrants with TPS status entered the country illegally and have had deportation orders issued against them in the past. The Trump administration’s efforts to end the TPS program would make it harder for those with the status to secure lawful permanent residence – often referred to as a green card – if it is scrapped.

Now a lawsuit has been filed against the acting director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Ken Cuccinelli, with a view to blocking the Trump administration from enacting what has been described as an ‘arbitrary and capricious’ policy change. The lawsuit comes after a previous one was filed in August opposing the policy change, which claimed that it was ‘unlawfully issued without notice or comment.’

Attorneys representing the claimants filing the lawsuit said that Cuccinelli, who has previously served as Virginia’s attorney general, did not have the authority to order the policy change because his appointment as acting chief of USCIS was illegal.

Trump administration efforts to end the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) of many US immigrants has been met with a lawsuit lodged by six residents in Washington D.C. TPS was created by Congress and included in the US Immigration Act 1990 to provide temporary immigration status for those from countries affected by conflict or environmental disaster. The lawsuit seeks to prevent a policy change that would make it harder for some immigrants to clear old deportation orders. According to a number of immigrant advocacy groups, the Trump administration’s bid to end the TPS program would leave thousands vulnerable to deportation from the US.

Many with TPS status under US immigration rules want to become lawful permanent residents, which would enable them to apply for US citizenship. However, most immigrants with TPS status entered the country illegally and have had deportation orders issued against them in the past. The Trump administration’s efforts to end the TPS program would make it harder for those with the status to secure lawful permanent residence – often referred to as a green card – if it is scrapped.

Now a lawsuit has been filed against the acting director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Ken Cuccinelli, with a view to blocking the Trump administration from enacting what has been described as an ‘arbitrary and capricious’ policy change. The lawsuit comes after a previous one was filed in August opposing the policy change, which claimed that it was ‘unlawfully issued without notice or comment.’

Attorneys representing the claimants filing the lawsuit said that Cuccinelli, who has previously served as Virginia’s attorney general, did not have the authority to order the policy change because his appointment as acting chief of USCIS was illegal.