US court sides with Trump on deporting immigrants

Los Angeles: A US court of appeals on Monday gave the green light for the Trump administration to expel hundreds of thousands of nationals from four countries who had been granted protected status for humanitarian reasons.

In a 2-1 ruling, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said a federal court in San Fransisco had erred when it issued an injunction protecting more than 300,000 immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan from being deported from the US.

President Donald Trump's administration has sought to end the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) granted to these people -- who have several hundred thousand American children -- on the grounds that their countries which were previously wracked by unrest were now safe.

Monday's ruling will not result in the immediate deportation of TPS holders, the American Civil Liberties Union said, as the challengers have vowed to file an appeal.

Writing for the majority, Judge Consuelo Callahan disagreed with arguments that a bid to terminate TPS was influenced by Trump's alleged anti-immigrant bias shown through his controversial remarks, including a 2018 comment." – AFP