Federal judge blocks temporary immigration cancellation

A federal judge’s Oct. 3 preliminary injunction blocking cancellation of temporary protected status (TPS) for people from four countries living in the United States is a welcome step, said the executive director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network.

The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Edward Chen of the Northern District of California will protect, for now, about 300,000 immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan currently covered by the program who would be deported if it ends.

“The court rightly pointed to problems with the administration’s decision-making process in terminating TPS, including possible constitutional violations,” Jeanne Atkinson, CLINIC’s executive director, said in an Oct. 4 statement.

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