Several beneficiaries of the Temporary Protected Status Program (TPS) claimed today to be "happy" after a federal judge suspended the order of the Government of US President Donald Trump to end this protection, but insisted on who will continue to fight for a permanent solution.
Late on Wednesday, a federal judge blocked the suspension ordered by the Trump government of the TPS for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan.
The decision came into effect "immediately", since the termination of the programs, scheduled for the coming months, would, according to the magistrate, Edward Chen, with a court in San Francisco (California), an "irreparable damage" to immigrants and their families who had to leave the country.
The TPS is a migration program created in 1990 with which the US grants permits in an extraordinary way to nationals of countries affected by armed conflicts or natural disasters.
José Palma, of Salvadoran origin, beneficiary of the immigration protection and member of the board of directors of the National Alliance of TPS, explained today in a telephone press conference that he has been working in the country for 20 years, "working, studying, raising a family", and that his four children were born in the USA.
"My story is the story of many TPS beneficiaries, and this judicial decision brings joy to our hearts, but we know it is a temporary issue and we are ready to continue organizing to achieve a permanent solution for ourselves and our families," he insisted.
Wilna Destin is of Haitian origin, has also been able to make his life in the country thanks to the protection of the TPS and, when Trump ordered an end, decided to embark on the lawsuit whose preliminary ruling came out last night.
"I decided to get involved in the lawsuit because it was the right thing, my two sons were born here, they are citizens, I decided to fight, I do not think it's fair for me, after so many years of work and paying taxes, nor is it fair for my children, my family or the people in my community, "said Destin, a resident of Orlando, Florida.
"I am very happy for the decision of the judge, but I will continue to fight as a mother, as a human being," he added.
Hiwaida Elarabi, originally from Sudan, was also part of the group of plaintiffs, and decided to embark on it after the fear she felt when she heard the government's order to end the TPS, something that could end her life.
Elarabi has lived in Massachusetts for more than 20 years, works for the State Department of Education and two years ago achieved her "dream" of opening a restaurant, however, after learning that she might have to leave the US. imminently, he sold it without hardly enjoying it for a price lower than its value.
Like Palma, Destin or Elarabi, hundreds of thousands of people, along with their children and families, are faced with the possibility that they will finally have to leave the United States, the country where they have built their whole lives, but they will continue to mobilize to remain in a place they feel yours.
Emi Maclean, a lawyer for a national organization of workers, explained that the court ruling is "immensely important" for these families, because it recognizes that there is much evidence that the White House pressured to suspend the TPS motivated by a "racial animosity" of the president and your team.
"The actions of a government should not be motivated by racial issues," said the lawyer, who explained that the beneficiaries of Honduras and Nepal are not protected by the judge's decision because when the claim was filed their TPS had not received an order from ending.
The completion of the TPS for Nicaragua was scheduled for January 2019; for Haiti in July 2019; for El Salvador in September; and for Sudan here one month, next November.
The judge's decision implies that immigrants can remain under the TPS status beyond the dates set by Trump.
According to data from a month ago of the Research Service of Congress, there are currently more than 436,000 registered in the TPS throughout the US, of which approximately 90% are from El Salvador (262,000), Honduras (86,000), Haiti (58,000) and Nicaragua (5,000).