Justice Denied as Court Allows Trump Administration to Put Nearly 300,000 Immigrants at Risk for Family Separation and Deportation
“Yesterday’s Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling to allow the Trump administration to strip hundreds of thousands of TPS holders of their legal status and tear them away from their families is a grave and harmful miscarriage of justice. Some 130,000 TPS holders are on the frontlines of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and more than 273,000 are parents of children who are U.S. citizens. Many have lived here for decades and make substantial contributions, pay taxes, and create businesses and jobs in their communities.
“Moms recognize that families belong together, and that immigrants make our country stronger. We want our government to treat every immigrant and asylum-seeker with dignity, compassion and respect. We urge the U.S. Senate to help keep families together by passing the Dream and Promise Act, which would create a path to citizenship for TPS holders and DREAMers.
“Like so many Trump administration actions, deporting TPS holders would leave our country immeasurably weaker and less prepared for the future. It must not be allowed to happen.
“In addition, we urge immediate action to hold ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) accountable and protect detainees at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia in light of the deeply disturbing whistleblower complaint from a medical professional. The complaint charges a large number of unnecessary hysterectomies at the facility, as well as life-threatening medical neglect. The facility is operated by the private prison company LaSalle Corrections. Mothers across the country are horrified and outraged by these accounts. Our government must act immediately to protect all detainees at LaSalle and other detention facilities and ensure that all detainees have access to quality medical care. We all have the right to have children, not have children, be together with our children and be free, regardless of where we come from.”