Judge denies Trump bid to toss immigration protections case

July 23, 2018 - 7:07 pm

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge has denied the Trump administration's bid to throw out a lawsuit that alleges its decision to end special protections shielding Haitian, Salvadoran and Honduran immigrants from deportation was racially motivated.

Judge Denise Casper in Boston on Monday also denies the administration's request to remove Republican President Donald Trump as a defendant in the case.

The lawsuit had been filed by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice in February and seeks to block the administration from terminating temporary protected status for thousands of immigrants from those three countries.

Casper has denied one of the group's requests for relief but said all other claims can move forward.

Last month, a judge in San Francisco refused to throw out a similar lawsuit challenging the administration's decision to end the special protections.

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