Judge Blocks Trump Admin From Ending Immigrant Protection Program

FILE - In this Monday, March 12, 2018, file photo, supporters of temporary protected status immigrants hold signs and cheer at a rally before a news conference announcing a lawsuit against the Trump administration ov... FILE - In this Monday, March 12, 2018, file photo, supporters of temporary protected status immigrants hold signs and cheer at a rally before a news conference announcing a lawsuit against the Trump administration over its decision to end a program that lets immigrants live and work legally in the United States outside of a federal courthouse in San Francisco. A judge on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, blocked the Trump administration from ending protections that let immigrants from four countries live and work legally in the United States, saying the move would cause "irreparable harm and great hardship." (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File) MORE LESS
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October 4, 2018 8:30 am
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The Department of Justice is condemning a judge’s ruling that blocks the Trump administration from ending protections for 300,000 immigrants living and working in the United States.

A federal judge in San Francisco issued a temporary injunction Wednesday that bars the administration from ending a program that allowed people from Haiti, Sudan, Nicaragua and El Salvador to stay in the U.S. temporarily.

The ruling comes in a lawsuit that contends the administration improperly changed the rules for the program out of racism.

DOJ spokesman Devin O’Malley says the ruling “usurps the role of the executive branch” and the administration did nothing improper.

In the ruling, Judge Edward Chen said ending the protections could cause great suffering and harm to families. He also said there’s evidence that President Donald Trump harbors animus toward non-white aliens. He cited Trump’s remarks disparaging Mexicans, Muslims and certain nations.

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