On Wednesday, October 4, 2018, another liberal activist judge interfered with the executive powers of the presidency and issued a temporary injunction that prevents thousands of illegal aliens from losing their temporary protected status (TPS) and avoid deportation. Besides excusing and rewarding illegal immigration, U.S. District Judge Edward Chen's ruling challenged President Trump's executive authority and undermined the Constitution and the doctrine of separation of powers.
Hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens from Sudan, El Salvador, Haiti, and Nicaragua, who feared deportation got a reprieve when Judge Chen, a California Democrat appointed by President Obama, temporarily blocked Trump's termination of the TPS program. Chen ruled that Trump's decision to terminate TPS hinted of racism, and the government had to maintain the employment authorizations for those TPS beneficiaries while the lawsuit is active.
On June 8, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security announced the end of TPS for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan. The TPS had existed for almost two decades due to unstable or dangerous conditions in those countries. However, the program was terminated because conditions in those countries, including civil wars and a hurricane disaster no longer exist.
However, according to media reports, "unidentified sources" claimed Trump referred to El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan "sh*thole countries" while discussing immigration policy in January 2018. Because of Trump's alleged comments, the plaintiff immigration activists said racism was the reason for ending the TPS program.
Judge Chen, as all good Democrats do, agreed and played the race card to block Trump. He ruled, "Plaintiffs have also raised serious questions whether the actions taken by the Acting Secretary or Secretary was influenced by the White House and based on animus against non-white, non-European immigrants in violation of Equal Protection guaranteed by the Constitution."
The liberal media reported Judge Chen's ruling as a victory for "immigrants" (they never distinguish the difference between legal and illegal immigrants) and completely ignored the more significant legal issue of presidential executive powers versus judicial activism. They also ignored the cost to taxpayers in providing foreign aid to those affected countries, and in supporting aliens in the U.S.
In late June 2018, on a related case, the Supreme Court determined that the President has the authority to protect American citizens by controlling immigrant travel from certain targeted nations. Democrats and liberals were dismayed and angry because they argued Trump did not have such power.
In this case, Judge Chen's ruling is another example of judicial overreach because it interferes with the Presidents executive powers. Furthermore, he should not assume the President's actions are racist based on an anonymous allegation.
Like guests that overstayed their welcome, it is time for TPS recipients to go home. Americans cannot save the world and all humanity, nor can they excuse and reward illegal immigration because they will only get more.
Judge Chen's ruling must be overturned because President Trump has the constitutional power and authority to protect American citizens and taxpayers first and foremost.