A GROUP of Haitian immigrants are suing US president Donald Trump and homeland security officials over the closure of a programme that allows them to legally work and live in America following disasters in their countries of origin.
The lawsuit, which was filed in New York federal court, alleges that the decision to end the programme was racially motivated.
The plaintiffs argue that: “The termination was based on the President’s categorical and defamatory assertions about all Haitians, which the Haitian TPS recipients were given no opportunity to challenge.”
The legal action pursued by the group is one example of a number of lawsuits across America seeking a review of the decision to end temporary protected status for citizens of El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan.
A dozen plaintiffs have launched the legal action to protect the right of Haitians to live and work in America.
One of the plaintiffs is the New York-based weekly Haitian newspaper, Haiti Liberte. One of its leading journalists has protected status and there are fears they could be forced to leave the US.
Of those bringing the lawsuit, six face being separated from their US-born children, and another faces losing access to medical care for cerebral palsy.
Trump, homeland security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and deputy homeland security secretary Elaine Duke are all named as defendants in the lawsuit.