Pasadena Courthouse Rally Wednesday Morning Could Draw From Beyond the Golden State

Published : Tuesday, August 13, 2019 | 7:07 PM

Marchers protest the Trump administrations policy that would restrict TPS, or "temporary protective status," for 300,000 immigrants now inside the U.S. Photo courtesy the TPS Alliance via Facebook.

An Aug. 14 march and demonstration outside a federal courthouse in Pasadena against the Trump administration’s termination of “temporary protective status” for some immigrants could draw not just local protestors but opponents of the Trump policy from around the nation.

The policy, as proposed, would end the U.S. stay for 300,000 people covered by the status, known as TPS, and send them home to the very countries from which they are seeking asylum.

Inside the courthouse Wednesday, three members of the U.S. Circuit Court for the Ninth District will convene to consider the Trump administration’s appeal of a lower court ruling that put its TPS policy on ice.

The march and demonstration are organized by the National TPS Alliance with local coordination from Pasadenans Organizing for Progress. The action starts at 7 a.m. at All Saints Church, 132 North Euclid Avenue, and proceeds with a 1.5-mile march to the Federal Building at 125 South Grand Avenue.

The protest rally at the courthouse is planned for 8:30 a.m.

“We are getting closer to a thousand people with all those who just flew in from different states,” said National TPS Alliance spokeswoman Viridiana Vidal. “We have people from all the different TPS committees.”

Over last weekend, the group conducted training sessions and some 400 people turned out, according to Vidal. Organizers anticipate three more busloads of demonstrators arriving on Wednesday morning.

“So we have close to 1,000 people right now,” said Vidal.

A Pasadena Police Department spokesman said police anticipate a crowd of between 200 and 300 people.

“The organizer plans to have their own crowd management personnel who will ensure the participants follow the rules of the road as they walk from All Saints Church to the Federal Courthouse,” the spokesman told Pasadena Now. “PPD will be monitoring the event to ensure safety and compliance with the intention of allowing the group to express their First Amendment rights.”

TPS is extended to countries with ongoing armed conflicts, environmental disasters, or conditions that prevent a safe return. Trump decided to terminate the TPS designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Syria.

A U.S. District Court judge found the administration had not complied with public disclosure requirements of the Administrative Procedures Act in developing the policy. The ruling represented a reprieve for some 300,000 TPS status holders.

The administration appealed the Oct. 28, 2018 decision, leading to Wednesday’s Ninth Circuit hearing.

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