The Trump administration can’t dodge a lawsuit over its plan to scrap the special immigrant status granted to tens of thousands of Haitians after an earthquake devastated the island nation in 2010, attorneys general for 17 states told a judge weighing a U.S. request to throw the case out.

Ending Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, for Haitians who’ve established families, careers and businesses in the U.S. would result in mass deportations to a country that isn’t prepared to receive them, New York, California and other states said in a filing in federal court in Brooklyn.

“The administration persists in trying to expel tens of thousands of hard-working, law-abiding immigrants,” New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said Friday in a statement. Continue reading

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