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Advocates Argue In Court End Of Temporary Immigration Protections Was Fueled By Racism07:18
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Members of the opposition to the administration of President Juan Orlando Hernandez march to protest the recent decision by the U.S. government to end temporary protected status, or TPS, for tens of thousands of Hondurans who have resided in the United States for nearly two decades, on the streets of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Friday, May 4, 2018. (Fernando Antonio/AP)MoreCloseclosemore
Members of the opposition to the administration of President Juan Orlando Hernandez march to protest the recent decision by the U.S. government to end temporary protected status, or TPS, for tens of thousands of Hondurans who have resided in the United States for nearly two decades, on the streets of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Friday, May 4, 2018. (Fernando Antonio/AP)

At the U.S. District Court for Mass., immigrant rights advocates argued that Trump Administration's decisions to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians, Salvadorans and Hondurans immigrants was motivated by race.

TPS allows immigrants to live in the United States without fear of deportation after a natural disaster or amidst civil unrest in their home countries. Federal Judge Denise Casper will decide whether or not the case will move forward.

An emergency hearing was also held in federal court to ask for the immediate release of a 9-year-old Brazilian boy whose been separated from his mother for more than a month. Attorneys for the mother argue that the family is experiencing unnecessary trauma from the extended separation.

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Shannon Dooling, WBUR reporter. She tweets @sdooling.

This segment aired on July 12, 2018.

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