In a proud but unfinished home on a dirt road where goats and children walk together, four generations of one family live under an earthquake-proof roof.
“I’m a trucker, and I make my living with my license. Without my license, I lose my job,” Rodriguez told In These Times. “If I lose my job, I would lose everything—even my family, because I wouldn’t have a way to support them.”
A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that the Trump administration could not immediately end special protections for people from those countries, which have been ravaged by wars and natural disasters.
Terrified to return to Sudan and unable to fathom a life without proper legal documents, the 55-year-old was one of hundreds of thousands of immigrants who got temporary relief after a federal judge blocked the Trump administration from moving ahead with its plans.
Nearby, Cesar Rodriguez, a truck driver who has temporary permission to live and work in the U.S., rallied with a yellow sign with black lettering that read “Full Protection Now.” The 46-year-old from El Salvador stood with about 100 other protesters near a stage featuring a band playing cumbia music. Later that day, a group of 60 leaders in immigrant rights, labor and faith participated in a planned act of civil disobedience, sitting down and blocking the intersection of South Figueroa Street and West Harry Bridges Boulevard, near the port in Wilmington.
In a decision late Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Edward M. Chen in San Francisco found substantial evidence that the administration lacked “any explanation or justification” to end the “temporary protected status” designations for immigrants from those countries.
US District Judge Edward Chen granted a preliminary injunction stopping the government from terminating temporary protected status, or TPS, for immigrants from Sudan, El Salvador, Haiti and Nicaragua.
Judge Edward Chen during a hearing in a lawsuit seeking to reinstate the program also cited a memo that he said suggested the decision to end it was driven by the administration’s America First policy. He asked an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice to respond to allegations by plaintiffs that America First meant excluding immigrants who are not white.
But the Trump administration says she and thousands of other immigrants like her must do so by January.
A group of immigrants traveling the country to bring awareness to people living in the U.S. under Temporary Protected Status made a stop in San Francisco Monday afternoon to hold a rally.