Yvette D. Clarke saddened by Trump’s immigration plans

September 17, 2020
NY Congresswoman Yvette Clarke
NY Congresswoman Yvette Clarke
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Jamaican-American Democratic Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke says she is "deeply saddened and dismayed" by a US Appeals Court ruling that allows the Trump administration to proceed with plans to terminate Temporary Protective Status (TPS).

An estimated 300,000 undocumented immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Sudan are beneficiaries of the TPS.

"I am deeply saddened and dismayed by the disappointing decision from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday opening the door to stripping temporary protected status for undocumented immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Sudan," Clarke, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC).

"Rather than returning our immigration system to more certain legal footing, this decision will only work to undermine the fundamental principles of our nation of immigrants," said Clarke, who represents the predominantly Caribbean 9th Congressional District in Brooklyn, New York.

"By overturning a 2018 decision to the contrary, the 9th Circuit has empowered the White House to follow through on their stated mission of eliminating legal immigration as it exists today.

"From the very beginning of his tenure, Trump has used every avenue available to him to limit immigration into the United States - including revoking legal status from as many residents as possible," said Clarke, who has been in the vanguard of protecting TPS for Haitians.

"In the pursuit of a second term, he has willingly and haphazardly taken direct aim at every part of our immigration framework in the hopes of riling up his electoral base. We cannot stand idly by and continue to allow this administration to act so callously towards so many of the people that have worked tirelessly to accommodate our needs during the pandemic and beyond."

She has urged the US Congress to take "unequivocal action".

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