NAACP Sues DHS Over Decision To Cancel Protections For Haitian Immigrants

As we enter President Trump’s second year in Office, it is hard to imagine that he still enjoys an approval rating above 30%. However, it is important to note that is the lowest approval rating for any president in modern American history.

Earlier this month when Trump reportedly blasted Haiti, El Salvador, and a few African nations as “shithole countries,” the president received severe backlash from the media, world leaders, and Americans alike. During the meeting on immigration, Trump reportedly stated his preference for immigrants from predominantly white countries like Norway, opposed to immigrants from countries like Haiti.

However, this is not the first time Trump has attacked immigrants. In fact, he ran on the platform of building a wall along the southern border of the United States to keep out illegal Mexican immigrants. His voter base seems to love the idea, but the Democrats are not willing to fund the expensive project.

Nonetheless, Trump is demanding his wall and holding Dreamers hostage, arguing that if there is no wall there will be no solution for DACA, an Obama-era program that allows children brought to the country illegally to obtain work permits to remain in the country.

But Trump took his attacks on immigrants a step further when the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) decided to cancel a temporary residence program that’s allowed nearly 59,000 Haitians to live and work in the United States.

In response, the NAACP filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, accusing the agency of taking irrational and discriminatory action and argues it was “an egregious departure from the [Temporary Protected Status] statute’s requirements and an intent to discriminate on the basis of race.”

Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, claims it is a simple case of equality.  “Our democracy rests on the bedrock principle that every person is equal before the law,” Ifill insisted. 

She continued, “Governmental decisions that target people based on racial discrimination violate our Constitution.” She went on to argue that the Trump administration was “infected by racial discrimination.” Do you agree?