IRLI Statement on Ninth Circuit TPS Decision

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September 14, 2020

Program was designed for temporary, not permanent, crisis relief

WASHINGTON—The Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) has issued the following statement on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision today in Ramos v. Wolf, which overruled a decision that temporarily barred the Trump administration from ending Temporary Protected Status for aliens from from El Salvador, Haiti, Sudan and Nicaragua.

“The Ninth Circuit made the right call in a case that demonstrates how the left wants no restrictions on immigration programs,” said Dale L. Wilcox, executive director and general counsel of IRLI. “The TPS program by its very name calls for temporary status for certain foreign nationals when disaster strikes in their homelands. Yet the plaintiffs seem to want permanent status, even though the crises that allowed these nationals to remain in the U.S. have abated. These programs have specific terms, and are not meant to be re-interpreted as yet another vehicle for a borderless America.”

The case is Crista Ramos, et al v. Chad Wolf, et al, No. 18-16981 (U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit).

For additional information, contact: Brian Lonergan • 202-232-5590 • blonergan@irli.org

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