TPS Alliance seeks rescind of Trump’s ‘racist policies on immigration’

Naischa Vilme (speaking) and Melissa Cetoute, who is standing to her left, with the red hair. Both are Haitian TPS holders, who are active in the fight for TPS to Residency. Both are members of Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees' TPS Committee.
Dahoud Andre

The National TPS (Temporary Protected Status) Alliance’s “Road to Justice” nation-wide journey arrived in Brooklyn on Nov. 8, holding the incoming Biden-Harris administration to its promise of reversing what it describes as Trump’s “racist policies on immigration.”

The Alliance’s “Road to Justice” bus stopped at Parkside Plaza, at the corner of Parkside and Ocean Avenues in Flatbush, for a press conference and rally.

There, the Alliance was hosted by Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees’s TPS Committee, with allied organizations, including African Communities Together, Adhikaar, Flanbwayan and Take Root Justice.

“Joe Biden and Kamala Harris campaigned on a promise that, in the first 100 days of the Biden-Harris administration, they would reverse Trump’s discriminatory policies on immigration, including protecting TPS holders and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients, ending family separation and restoring asylum laws,” Ninaj Raoul, of Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees, told Caribbean Life on Monday.

“Now, we will go to Washington to fight for a permanent solution – permanent residency for all 400,000 TPS holders,” she added. “In January 2021, we are going to pressure the White House to demand that if they truly reject racism and the nationalist acts of the past administration, they must favor our community and approve a permanent residency now.

“We will continue to fight to approve a permanent residency for more than 400,000 TPS recipients within the first 100 days of the next administration,” Raoul continued. “Once we do, we don’t expect to go home.

“We will remove the fragments of damage left behind by this (Trump’s) administration,” she said. “We must keep fighting until this country recognizes the humanity of all immigrants.”

Raoul noted that the Trump administration has terminated TPS for 400,000 people from Haiti, El Salvador, Sudan, Nicaragua, Nepal and Honduras, and ended Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Liberia.

In response, several lawsuits have been filed in US district courts.

Participants drumming near colorful bus. Dahoud Andre

“The basis of most of the lawsuits is that the decisions to end TPS was rooted in racial discrimination, violating required Immigration and Nationality Act, INA, and Administrative Procedures Act, or APA, procedures, and infringed on the Constitutional rights of TPS beneficiaries,” Raoul said.

She said Naischa is a plaintiff in one of the lawsuits, Saget v. Trump, which was filed in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn.

This lawsuit challenges the Trump administration’s decision to terminate TPS for Haitians.

Raoul said that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) also filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on behalf of Haitian TPS holders.

Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees is a plaintiff in this case, which is represented by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

In addition, Raoul said members of the National TPS Alliance, together with NDLON, “organized around” Ramos et al v. Nielsen, a class action lawsuit filed by nine TPS recipients and five US citizen children of TPS holders against the DHS in the US District Court in the Northern District of California.

“TPS holders have been able to stay in status after Trump terminated TPS because of these class action litigation efforts,” Raoul said. “Meanwhile, the National TPS Alliance and all the participating organizations, and its committees and member organizations, including Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees, work collectively to self-advocate for a permanent solution, permanent residency for all TPS holders.”

Raoul said the National TPS Alliance’s “On the Road to Justice” journey continued to make stops until its final destination in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 13 at Black Lives Matter Plaza, near the White House.

After the Parkside Plaza rally, Raoul said Alliance members and Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees “took the colorful bus to Sen. Chuck Schumer’s Residence in Park Slope “to assure that their voices were heard.”

“They know that if the Democrats win the election for US Senate in Georgia, Chuck Schumer may become Senate majority leader and will play an important role in their fight for permanent residency,” Raoul said. “This group is in the fight for justice for immigrants in the long haul, and will continue to work for all immigrants.”

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