What is the Ramos v. Mayorkas & Bhattarai v. Nielsen Lawsuit?
Between September 2017 and May 2018, the Trump Administration terminated temporary protected status (TPS) for over 400,000 TPS holders from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan, many of whom had been living lawfully in the United States for decades. TPS holders and their US citizen children challenged these decisions explaining the government did not follow the Administrative Procedure Act, acted out of racism in violation of the constitution and asked the court to stop the government from putting the illegal terminations into effect.
On October 3, 2018 the court made a preliminary decision that the TPS holders were likely to win the case. The court ordered the government to make sure that TPS holders from these six countries keep their TPS status and work authorization while the case comes to a final conclusion.
What happened on June 22, 2023
At this time, this lawsuit’s injunction is the only thing preventing the Trump-era terminations of TPS for El Salvador, Honduras, Nepal & Nicaragua from taking effect. The next hearing for the lawsuit is scheduled for June 22, 2023 and the en banc (full bench) court will decide whether to support or reverse the district court’s October 2018 preliminary decision, which has allowed TPS holders’ status to remain current until today.
What can I do?
TPS protects immigrant families and individuals from deportation to the dangerous and unstable conditions in their countries of origin. It allows qualified individuals to work legally, pay taxes, get driver licenses, and move around without that constant fear of deportation.
We all want the same thing: a safe place to call home, a chance to make a decent living, and a future for ourselves and our families. We need to protect our friends, loved ones, and neighbors from further environmental, economic, and emotional harm in their native countries. That means designating Temporary Protected Status to people from countries in the Ramos lawsuit and countries organizing for TPS. Securing protection for those involved in this lawsuit means #Protection4All and #TPSJustice
The next few weeks are crucial and we need your help to ensure the Department of Homeland Security and President Biden protect TPS holders from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan. Call your Congress Member and urge them to tell Secretary Mayoraks to redesignate TPS for El Salvador, Honduras, Nepal, and Nicaragua and to protect Haitians and Sudanese by halting all deportation flights to those countries.