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Ford, Attorneys General Team Up To Protect U.S. Refugees

Brief Seeks to Block Deportations

February 08, 2019 - 10:45 am

CARSON CITY, NV –  The Nevada Attorney General is joining forces with other attorneys general to stop the deportation of protected refugees in the U.S.

Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford joined a coalition of 22 attorneys general in filing a friend-of-the-court brief in Ramos v. Nielsen before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, supporting efforts to prevent the potential deportation of hundreds of thousands of individuals currently residing in the U.S. who hold Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

Temporary Protected Status designations protect individuals who are in the United States and whose home countries face armed conflict, natural disasters or other crises that make the return of TPS holders to their home countries unsafe. Many TPS holders have resided in the U.S. for a decade or more, starting families and businesses, purchasing homes and contributing to their communities.

In the brief, the attorneys general also argue that the District Court’s decision to enter the preliminary injunction on a nationwide basis was correct, based on the substantial evidence presented to the court regarding the national impact of the federal government’s decisions to rescind TPS designations.

In addition to Nevada, attorneys general from the following states and territories have joined this brief: California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawai’i, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.