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Some states back plaintiff suing DHS over Haitians' protected status

Some states back plaintiff suing DHS over Haitians' protected status
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California, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., are leading a multistate coalition supporting plaintiffs fighting the Trump administration's decision to end temporary protected status (TPS) for thousands of Haitian nationals.

"We will continue to fight the Trump Administration's wrongheaded actions tearing families apart," said California Attorney General Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraOvernight Energy: US greenhouse gas emissions fell in Trump's first year | EPA delays decision on science rule | Trump scolds California over wildfires EPA puts science ‘transparency’ rule on back burner Public charge rule is a cruel attack on children MORE in a press release released Wednesday.

California, Massachusetts, and D.C. are joined by Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont and Washington.

The amicus brief argues that revoking TPS from Haitian recipients will force families whose children were born in the U.S. to choose between keeping their family together and letting their children stay in America.

"TPS holders are our neighbors and coworkers who have come to the United States seeking safety and stability," Becerra said. "Uprooting their lives does not improve our communities."

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The filers also pointed to what they said would be a great economic cost to the region.

"Revoking TPS will undermine our economy and our public safety," Becerra said.

The brief cited several studies concluding that the change in the Department of Homeland Security policy could drop U.S. gross domestic product by $2.7 billion, as well as result in the loss of $428 million in contributions to the welfare system. 

The Trump administration essentially ended the last aspects of the TPS program in May of this year, arguing that the program was often abused, after ending the program for Haitians last November. A group of Haitian immigrants filed suit against the government in March.

Those covered under TPS have wind-down periods in a variety of lengths of time in which they can either leave the country or apply for another immigration status.