Protesters March Against Trump Decision to Eliminate Temporary Protective Status For Some Immigrants

Hundreds of marchers turn the corner from Pasadena City Hall onto Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena to protest the Trump administration policy that would restrict TPS (temporary protective status) for 300,000 immigrants now inside the U.S. on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. Music is played from the National TPS Alliance along Colorado Blvd., as marchers protest the Trump administration policy that would restrict TPS (temporary protective status) for 300,000 immigrants now inside the U.S. on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. Hundreds of marchers walk along Colorado Blvd. to the Federal Courthouse in Pasadena to protest the Trump administration policy that would restrict TPS (temporary protective status) for 300,000 immigrants now inside the U.S. on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. Marchers walk past the Norton Simon Museum on Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena as they protest the Trump administration policy that would restrict TPS (temporary protective status) for 300,000 immigrants now inside the U.S. on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. Reverend Mike Kinman from All Saints Church in Pasadena walks along Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena to protest the Trump administration policy that would restrict TPS (temporary protective status) for 300,000 immigrants now inside the U.S. on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. Hundreds of marchers walk along Colorado Blvd. to the Federal Courthouse in Pasadena to protest the Trump administration policy that would restrict TPS (temporary protective status) for 300,000 immigrants now inside the U.S. on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. Hundreds of marchers walk along Colorado Blvd. to the Federal courthouse in Pasadena to protest the Trump administration policy that would restrict TPS (temporary protective status) for 300,000 immigrants now inside the U.S. on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. Jose Palma the coordinator of the National TPS Alliance speaks in front of the Pasadena Federal Courthouse to protest the Trump administration policy that would restrict TPS (temporary protective status) for 300,000 immigrants now inside the U.S. on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. Congresswoman Judy Chu, far right, stands with women in front of the Pasadena Federal Courthouse to protest the Trump administration policy that would restrict TPS (temporary protective status) for 300,000 immigrants now inside the U.S. on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. People from Honduras hold the flag from Honduras in front of the Pasadena Federal Courthouse to protest the Trump administration policy that would restrict TPS (temporary protective status) for 300,000 immigrants now inside the U.S. on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. People are overcome with emotion during a protest against the Trump administration policy that would restrict TPS (temporary protective status) for 300,000 immigrants now inside the U.S. in front of the Pasadena Federal Courthouse on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. Children stand with their parents during a protest against the Trump administration policy that would restrict TPS (temporary protective status) for 300,000 immigrants now inside the U.S. in front of the Pasadena Federal Courthouse on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. People are overcome with emotion during a protest against the Trump administration policy that would restrict TPS (temporary protective status) for 300,000 immigrants now inside the U.S. in front of the Pasadena Federal Courthouse on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. People are overcome with emotion during a protest against the Trump administration policy that would restrict TPS (temporary protective status) for 300,000 immigrants now inside the U.S. in front of the Pasadena Federal Courthouse on Wednesday, August 14, 2019.

By EDDIE RIVERA, Community Editor

5:03 am | August 15, 2019


Hundreds of protesters from, many from outside California, marched peacefully Wednesday morning from All Saints Church to the Federal Courthouse, home of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals beside the Arroyo Seco.

There, a three-judge panel is hearing a request by the Trump administration to overturn an injunction against ending “Temporary Protective Status” for immigrants seeking refuge from political turmoil, violence, or natural disasters in 13 countries, including El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti, Honduras, Sudan, and Yemen.

The march was organized by the Temporary Protective Status (TPS) Alliance, made up of several activist groups, including the Teamsters Union and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), as well as All Saints Church. All Saints Church also provided accommodations for protesters who had traveled to Pasadena for the event.

Said Reverend Mike Kinman of All Saints Church, before the March, “One of the foundations of All Saints Church is that we’re a church of courageous justice, and courage stands opposed to fear, and what the Trump administration is trying to do right now, is act out of fear.”

Kinman added that the countries affected by the ruling are “places where, if people get sent back to them, their lives are in danger. They have credible reason to fear.”

The protesters, guided by volunteers and accompanied by Pasadena police, who managed traffic along the route, began their march just after 7 a.m., moving west along Colorado Boulevard, shouting and singing to mostly empty streets.

The court ruling would affect 300,000 persons currently living in the US, who have been living and working in the United States because of unsafe conditions in their countries. In many cases, the refugees have children who were born in the US, and are US citizens. Without the protected status, they would be subject to removal after 120 days.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and other civil rights groups originally obtained an injunction last year, telling a lower court that the administration’s decision stemmed from racial bias.

Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-California) addressed the crowd at the courthouse, saying, “Today we raise our voices to say that we will fight for immigrants and families, we will fight against xenophobia, and we will fight to make sure that these immigrants, who worked hard, who played by the rules, will continue to stay in this country.”