Appeals court allows Trump administration to end humanitarian protections for 300,000 immigrants

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A divided federal appeals court on Monday allowed the Trump administration to move forward with plans to end several humanitarian programs that protect hundreds of thousands of immigrants to the United States from deportation.A three-judge panel for the 9th Circuit Court Appeals said it could not question the Trump administration’s efforts to end the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) of around 300,000 immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan. Two Republican-appointed judges on the panel ruled that the decisions of the US Department of Homeland Security to end TPS programs were not reviewable, overturning an order from a lower court that had prevented officials from terminating these protections.

By Decision 2-1, the court also rejected the argument that the decisions to end TPS programs violated the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution because of President Trump’s derogatory comments about immigrants from countries non-European, mostly non-white. The judges acknowledged Mr. Trump’s “offensive” comments but could not find a direct link between them and the measures to remove TPS protections.

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