Trump Administration to End Protected Status for Haiti

The Trump administration has announced it will end the Temporary Protected Status designation for Haiti by July 2019.

In May, former Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, extended the protection from deportation for Haitians for an additional six months. When Kelly temporarily extended the status for Haiti he warned the nearly 58,700 recipients living in America to prepare their affairs for going back to Haiti or to find another way to apply to stay in the United States.

“Based on all available information […] Acting Secretary Duke determined that those extraordinary but temporary conditions caused by the 2010 earthquake no longer exist,” a statement from the Department of Homeland Security said. “Thus, under the applicable statute, the current TPS designation must be terminated.”

 

Ruling on Haitian Immigrants Sparks Protest Near Mar-a-Lago

The Trump administration’s decision to end a temporary residency program for almost 59,000 Haitians means that many recipients, including thousands of South Floridians, will again face deportation about a year and a half from now.

Over 200 demonstrators rallied within sight of Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s private club and estate in Palm Beach, to urge the administration and U.S. lawmakers to provide them a path toward permanent residency.

“While TPS is by nature is temporary, stripping those who have been able to live and work here for years is mean-spirited and makes no sense,” said Cheryl Little, who heads American Immigrant Justice, a South Florida advocacy group.

 

Chicago Renews Legal Fund for Immigrants Facing Deportation

Aldermen widely approved a budget Tuesday for next year that includes $1.3 million for immigrant legal services.

Chicago was among several cities that boosted legal services for immigrants as a response to Donald Trump’s election to the presidency and aggressive promises to crack down on illegal immigration.

The money was distributed to organizations, including the National Immigrant Justice Center, which says the fund was used to provide legal consultations to roughly 1,700 Chicagoans and legal representation in 900 immigration cases.

 

Virginia Men File Lawsuit Challenging Trump Immigration Changes

Nurimaro Park is one of about 800,000 people who had benefited the DACA program that extended protections to immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children.

He didn’t have the money to pay the $495 registration fee required to renew his participation in the program for two more years. Thus, he figured he could re-enroll at the end of the year. The rules of the program allowed people to renew lapsed registrations as long as a full year hadn’t passed.

In September, though, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Trump administration is phasing out the program. And those like Park, whose registration had lapsed, were barred from renewing.

Park and Jonathan Alvarenga Recinos, 19, a Salvadoran immigrant, have filed a lawsuit in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, seeking the right to apply for one more two-year extension under the DACA program.

 

Jury Weighing Fate of Suspect in San Francisco Pier Killing that Ignited Immigration Debate

Kathryn Steinle was shot dead at San Francisco’s Pier 14 while out for an evening stroll with her father along the waterfront.

Steinle’s death put San Francisco and its “sanctuary city” policy in the spotlight, as Democrats and Republicans lashed out at city officials for refusing to cooperate with federal deportation efforts.

The jury of six men and six women will consider dueling arguments that Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, the man who was in the United States illegally when he shot a woman on a San Francisco pier,  was either a hapless homeless man who killed Kate Steinle in a freak accident or a calculated murderer intent on playing a sick game.

Department of Justice Moves to Strip Citizenship for Immigrant Child Sex Abusers

The Department of Justice on Tuesday filed lawsuits to revoke the U.S. citizenship of five immigrants who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing minors in incidents determined to have taken place before they became naturalized, informed Fox News.

These individuals, according to the Justice Department, “unlawfully procured their U.S. citizenship by concealing sexual abuse of minor victims during the naturalization process.” The lawsuits were filed in the Southern District of Florida, the Northern District of Illinois, the Northern District of Texas and the Southern District of Texas.

 

Immigrant Who Sought Sanctuary at Chicago Church Files Civil Rights Lawsuit

Francisca Lino, a mother of six, resisted a court order to leave the country in August and instead took sanctuary at Adalberto United Methodist Church,  the same parish on Chicago’s West Side that protected immigration activist Elvira Arellano.

She had 90 days to surrender. In a final effort to avoid deportation, Lino’s attorneys filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Friday alleging that the U.S. government violated her Fifth Amendment rights and expeditiously deported her in 1999 without due process.

That arrest made Lino ineligible for legal immigration status, causing her to suffer “the loss of liberty, stress, anxiety and physical displacement,” according to the lawsuit.

 

Feds Have 43 Pregnant Illegal Immigrant Girls in Custody, as Immigration and Abortion Fights Collide

At least 420 pregnant Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) have been caught and put into government care over the last year, and 43 pregnant illegal immigrant girls were still in custody of the Health and Human Services Department as of Oct. 17, Jonathan White, the department’s director for children’s programs, said in court documents.

Of the 420 girls seen in fiscal year 2017, 18 requested abortions and 11 had them. Another five rescinded their request for an abortion, and two were turned over to sponsors in the U.S. before a final decision was made, Mr. White said, meaning they were outside of government custody.

The numbers come as the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a class action lawsuit demanding the government provide illegal immigrant girls the same rights to access abortion that Americans have.

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