Legal status of hundreds of thousands of immigrants at risk after court talks collapse

  

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Via:  1stwarrior  •  one month ago  •  5 comments

Legal status of hundreds of thousands of immigrants at risk after court talks collapse

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Negotiations between the Biden administration and attorneys representing hundreds of thousands of immigrants living in the U.S. under a temporary humanitarian program collapsed this week, paving the way for Trump-era decisions to revoke their legal status to take effect absent court intervention.

After more than a year of federal court talks, the Biden administration and the immigrants' lawyers failed to forge an agreement over ways to protect groups of immigrants who the Trump administration decided should no longer be allowed to live and work in the U.S. under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program.

Due to the talks' collapse,   roughly 337,000   immigrants from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Nepal and Honduras could lose their ability to live in the U.S. legally under TPS as early as Dec. 31. The program allows the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to offer deportation protections and work permits to immigrants from countries with armed conflict, environmental disasters or other "extraordinary" emergencies.

Lawyers representing the Central American and Nepali immigrants said the two parties determined on Tuesday that the Biden administration would not agree to their proposals for a settlement in the years-long court case over the Trump administration's efforts to terminate the TPS programs.

Ahilan Arulanantham, a lawyer representing immigrants in the case, said the failure to reach a compromise means the Biden administration will be defending the Trump administration's decisions to terminate TPS protections for tens of thousands of immigrants.

"The government's position here and its conduct over the last 18 months is deeply inconsistent with the president's promise to protect this community," said Arulanantham, who is also the co-director of the UCLA Center for Immigration Law and Policy. "This community has lived in limbo and fear the last 18 months waiting for the Biden administration to fulfill its promise and protect them."

During the 2020 presidential campaign, President Biden   vowed   to prevent the deportation of TPS holders to "unsafe" countries.

A DHS spokesman said the department could not comment on pending litigation. "Current TPS holders from El Salvador, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Honduras will continue to be protected over the coming months," the spokesperson added.

As of the end of 2021, 241,699 Salvadorans, 76,737 Hondurans, 14,556 Nepalis and 4,250 Nicaraguans were enrolled in the TPS program, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)  data .

The settlement negotiations that ended this week stemmed from a lawsuit filed in 2018 against the Trump administration's decision to stop allowing hundreds of thousands of immigrants from Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti and El Salvador to live in the U.S. under the TPS authority.

A federal judge in California in Oct. 2018   barred   the Trump administration from ending the TPS programs for these countries, saying officials did not adequately justify the decision and that the terminations raised "serious questions" about whether they stemmed from animus against non-White immigrants. As part of the case, the Trump administration agreed to pause its effort to end TPS programs for Honduras and Nepal.

In Sept,. 2020, however, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit   set aside   the lower court injunction, saying courts could not second guess DHS' TPS decisions. The three-judge panel also said it did not find a direct link between President Donald Trump's disparaging comments about non-White immigrants and the TPS terminations.

The 9th Circuit ruling, however, did not take effect because attorneys representing the TPS holders asked the court to consider rehearing the case "en banc," or with all active judges participating. Soon after Mr. Biden took office in 2021, his administration entered settlement talks with the lawyers for TPS holders, pausing the court case.

Over the past year and a half, the Biden administration announced extensions of the TPS programs for Haitian and Sudanese immigrants living in the U.S., but it has not announced similar moves for immigrants from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Nepal and Honduras.

Now that the settlement negotiations have ended, the 9th Circuit will be able to decide whether it will grant or deny the request to rehear the case, said Arulanantham, the attorney representing TPS holders.

If the court denies the request before Nov. 30, Arulanantham said the TPS programs for El Salvador, Nicaragua, Nepal and Honduras will expire on Dec. 31, as outlined by   a DHS announcement . But if the request is granted, or not decided by Nov. 30, Arulanantham said the TPS programs will be extended for another nine months as part of a stipulation in the court case.

But Arulanantham said the Biden administration could have avoided this situation by extending the TPS programs for El Salvador, Nicaragua, Nepal and Honduras, just like it did for Haiti and Sudan.

The Biden administration is overseeing a   record   high number of TPS programs, using the authority to protect 16 groups from deportation, including immigrants from Venezuela, Myanmar, Haiti, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Cameroon and Ethiopia.

Arulanantham said the programs' potential demise would also affect several hundred thousand U.S.-born children of TPS holders, some of whom have lived in the U.S. for over two decades. 

"I find it so disappointing that the Biden administration had a clear opportunity to end that suffering for all of these American kids and failed to do so," he said.


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1stwarrior
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1  seeder  1stwarrior    one month ago

"I find it so disappointing that the Biden administration had a clear opportunity to end that suffering for all of these American kids and failed to do so," he said.

Get used to it buttercup - that's what the Biden administration does best - FAILS TO ACT.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.1  Vic Eldred  replied to  1stwarrior @1    one month ago

No matter what happens, do you really think the 337,000 will ever be deported?

 
 
 
1stwarrior
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1.1.1  seeder  1stwarrior  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1    one month ago

No Vic - I don't.  The Biden administration has/is making the Immigration and Nationality Act.

A public law known as the  Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (INA)  collected many existing provisions and reorganized the structure of immigration law. Since then, Congress has amended the INA many times based on new public laws.

When Congress enacts public laws affecting immigration and nationality, a couple of things may happen with the INA. In some cases, Congress amends INA sections or adds new sections to the INA. In other cases, Congress passes immigration laws that do not change the INA .

You’ll find the INA and most other immigration laws in the part of the U.S. Code called Title 8. Immigration law provisions appear in Title 8 as either U.S. Code sections or notes to sections. The Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives is responsible for preparing the U.S. Code.

For a more in-depth explanation, see - PART 236 - APPREHENSION AND DETENTION OF INADMISSIBLE AND DEPORTABLE ALIENS; REMOVAL OF ALIENS ORDERED REMOVED

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.1.2  Vic Eldred  replied to  1stwarrior @1.1.1    one month ago

I see what you mean. Title 8 was last amended within the past two weeks.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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2  Jeremy Retired in NC    one month ago
"I find it so disappointing that the Biden administration had a clear opportunity to end that suffering for all of these American kids and failed to do so,"

The Biden Administration doesn't give a shit about US Citizens, what would anybody think they would care about anybody else?

 
 

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