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A federal appeals court recently overturned an injunction that since Oct. 2018 has blocked the Trump administration from terminating the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan. The case, Ramos v. Wolf, affects more than 400,000 TPS holders.
Background: The court heard an appeal in a case in which a U.S. District Court in California issued a preliminary injunction in 2018 preventing DHS from terminating TPS for the four countries while the lawsuit proceeds. The Ninth Circuit vacated the injunction and ruled that the decision to terminate TPS was not reviewable by the courts. A separate injunction that blocks DHS from terminating TPS for Haiti is on appeal with another federal appeals court whose ruling is pending.
BAL Analysis: The decision does not immediately affect TPS designations for the four countries, which DHS had extended until Jan. 4, 2021. For information on the status of TPS for specific countries in light of the litigation, USCIS has a TPS page on its website.
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