On Oct. 3, a federal judge temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s plan to end Temporary Protected Status for more than 300,000 immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan. This preliminary injunction will allow the merits of the case in Ramos v. Nielsen to be considered—whether these immigrants face irreparable harm if the designation is eliminated. Some of these immigrants have spent decades in the U.S. under the TPS designation.
Last year, ABC and other construction industry leaders expressed concerns about the administration’s decisions on TPS designations in a letter to congressional leaders. ABC urged Congress to take legislative action to ensure that TPS holders can continue to work legally in this country. An estimated 50,000 TPS designees currently work in construction, which already faces a shortage of 500,000 workers to fill existing jobs.