Judge Halts Trump Plan to Remove 300,000 Immigrants' Protected Status

An estimated 50,000 designees with Temporary Protected Status work in construction, which faces a shortage of 500,000 workers to fill existing jobs

Associated Builders & Contractors

On Oct. 3, a federal judge temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s plan to end Temporary Protected Status for more than 300,000 immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan. The preliminary injunction issued by U.S. District Court Judge Edward Chen will allow the merits of the case in Ramos v. Nielsen to be considered – whether these immigrants face irreparable harm if the designation is eliminated.

The move temporarily halts the administration’s plan to force the beneficiaries — some of whom have lived in the U.S. for decades – to find another immigration status or face deportation.

Last year, Associated Builders & Constructors and other construction industry leaders expressed concerns about the administration’s decisions on TPS designations in a letter to congressional leaders. ABC urged Congress to take legislative action to ensure that TPS holders can continue to work legally in this country. An estimated 50,000 TPS designees currently work in construction, which already faces a shortage of 500,000 workers to fill existing jobs.

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Judge blocks Trump from ending protections for 300,000 immigrants