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Day 2 Of Haiti TPS Trial: Accuracy Of Earthquake Devastation Questioned

The second day of court proceedings for Saget et al v Trump, a case that wants to challenge President Donald Trump’s motion to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian nationals was even more intense on Tuesday.

One of the three new witnesses asked to testify as an expert on conditions in Haitiat the Eastern District of New York Federal Courthouse in Brooklyn on Jan. 8, was on the stand for over four hours as he elaborated on the many reasons he believes that TPS should be extended for Haitians.

“I was roughly involved during my time as director on 12 to 15 TPS decisions,” said Leon Rodriguez, the former director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) from 2014 to 2017.

Kevin Gregg, one of the many attorneys representing TPS-holders and other plaintiffs who are suing the Trump administration, considered Rodriguez, who has knowledge of procedures in how determinations on TPS are made, “a determining factor in winning the case.”

“With his testimony we are establishing that the process used by [former Acting] Secretary Elaine Duke [of Homeland Security] was improper,” said Gregg. “It will have an impact on other cases.”

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