Liberian immigrants appeal dismissal of suit against Trump

November 5, 2019 GMT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Liberian immigrants in Massachusetts are appealing the dismissal of their federal lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s decision to end a humanitarian program allowing them to live and work in the country.

Ivan Espinal-Madrigal, of Lawyers for Civil Rights, said Tuesday his group is appealing the decision because it believes Liberian immigrants are being targeted unfairly.

The lawsuit challenges the Trump administration’s 2018 decision to end the Deferred Enforced Departure program, which dates to 2007.

The administration has since extended the program for roughly 4,000 Liberians through March 31, 2020.

Lawyers for Civil Rights and other groups filed an appeal notice Friday.

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Hillman sided with the federal government in ruling Oct. 25 that terminating the program is within the president’s constitutional powers to conduct foreign affairs.