In Blow to All New Yorkers, Federal Court Allows Trump’s Deportation of Nearly 300,000 TPS Holders to Go Forward

New York, NY-Today, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals allowed the Trump administration to go forward with the deportation of nearly 300,000 of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders. The decision is a loss for TPS program beneficiaries nationwide, including the more than 26,000 TPS holders, who are from El Salvador, Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti, among other countries, that reside in New York.

As early as six months from now, New York TPS holders could be subject to deportation and the more than 21,900 U.S. citizen children of these TPS holders could be at risk of separation from their parents. Further, New York could stand to lose $1.5 billion in annual state GDP if just the TPS holders from El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti are removed.

In response to today’s ruling, Anu Joshi, Vice President of Policy for the New York Immigration Coalition, issued the following statement.

“Today’s ruling is a blow to all New Yorkers across the state. The ruling will rob us of tens of thousands of New Yorkers—colleagues and neighbors—some of whom are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, and collectively contributing billions of dollars to New York’s economy. By upholding the Trump administration’s attacks on TPS holders, the courts have given the administration another tool to further its anti-immigrant agenda at a time when our communities are already exceptionally vulnerable and struggling during COVID-19. It’s time for Congress to finally step in and provide a permanent fix for TPS recipients and their families—they must pass the American Dream and Promise Act now.”