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Judge Preserves Protected Status of Immigrant Workers

October 11, 2018

More than 300,000 immigrants whose protected status was due to expire can remain in the United States after a federal judge this month issued a nationwide injunction protecting their status, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

U.S. District Judge Edward Chen preserved the temporary protected status for former residents of El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti, and Sudan. The immigrants, many who work as janitors and building service contractors, were allowed to live and work in the United States due to natural disaster or war in their homeland. Some of the immigrants have lived in the United States for 20 years and have established careers and families.

The protected status of the Sudanese was scheduled to be terminated November 2, 2018 and the deportation of immigrants of the three other nations was scheduled to proceed through fall 2019.

The U.S. government may appeal the ruling.

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