WAMU: D.C. Region TPS Holders Sue Trump Administration To Stop Policy Change That Could Lead To Deportation

IRLI In The News

October 26, 2020

By Daniella Cheslow

Six residents of the D.C. region are among a group of foreign nationals suing the Trump administration. They’re trying to halt a policy change that makes it harder for some immigrants to shake off old deportation orders. Immigrant advocates say the shift in policy leaves those people vulnerable as Trump pushes to end the Temporary Protected Status program next year.

Floriselda Alvarez Gomez, 48, is a mother of four and works as a manager at Burger King restaurants in Manassas and Gainesville, Virginia. She says she entered the U.S. illegally in 1995 from El Salvador and was ordered deported, but remained in the country. In 2001, she gained TPS status that shielded her from deportation and gave her the rights to work and travel abroad. TPS protects citizens of countries facing civil unrest, violence and natural disasters, and Salvadorans make up the largest group of foreign nationals who hold the protection.

Read the full story at WAMU.

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