By Nicole Acevedo
The Department of Homeland Security said Thursday that temporary protections for immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan will be maintained until next year.
The ministry took action on Thursday to continue to comply with an interim court order as part of a lawsuit to prevent the Trump administration from ending protections against deportation and permits. for immigrants from countries with temporary protection status.
The GST grants temporary legal status to immigrants from certain countries fleeing natural disasters and civil wars. For almost 20 years, the previous administrations of both parties have renewed the status of tens of thousands of people in the GST. But the Trump administration said it would end the program for the majority of recipients.
The ministry said in a notice filed in the Federal Register that TPS would continue to be applied to recipients of countries until January 2, 2020.
"You do not have to pay fees or apply; the extension is automatic, "said in a press release Jessica Karp Bansal, co-legal director of the national network of day laborers organization.
The plaintiffs in the Ramos v. Nielsen, filed in March 2018, obtained a preliminary injunction requiring the Trump administration to extend the protections and work permits of GST holders while the case was pending.
"Similar extensions will be announced every nine months as long as the Ramos appeal is upheld," said Karp Bansal, also counsel for the plaintiffs in the Ramos case.
Hiwaida Elarabi, a Sudanese holder of TPS and one of the plaintiffs, said the extension gave him and the other beneficiaries "breathing space".
"However, thousands of GST holders who are not included in this lawsuit are still in stalemate without any protection from the court," Elarabi said in a press release.
Gustavo Torres, executive director of CASA, a Maryland-based immigrant-serving organization, said in a press release, "Congress is looking for the real solution: a permanent solution for all GST holders that allows families to stay together and allows their holders to continue to contribute to the economic health of our country. "
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