Trump’s on Trial for Racism Against Haitians January 7 in Brooklyn! Come Show Your Support!
On January 7, 2019, trial begins in Saget et al v. Trump, challenging the Trump Administration’s unlawful November 2017 termination of Haiti’s Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation on constitutional and procedural grounds. Your support is needed in the courtroom!
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
225 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn, NY
Courtroom 6 H North (Judge William Kuntz, 6th Floor)
9:30 am, January 7, 2019
Please plan to arrive early with adequate time to go through airport style security. You will need a form of government ID (for example, driver’s license or other) and to check your phone at security, as phones aren’t allowed in the courtrooms.
The plaintiffs are nine persons with TPS, a nonprofit group, and an impacted business. The trial concerns whether the Administration’s decision to end Haiti TPS was motivated by President Trump’s racial animus towards Haitians and other immigrants of color and made in violation of the statute. President Trump referred to “shithole countries,” said Haitians “all have AIDS,” and asked “why do we need more Haitians?” The White House also ignored the extraordinary conditions that made Haiti a textbook case for extension of TPS: incomplete earthquake recovery; a cholera epidemic which has killed 10,000 and sickened over 800,000; the worst hurricane to strike Haiti in 52 years; etc. The judge will decide whether the Trump Administration’s decision violated the U.S. Constitution’s Equal Protection and Due Process clauses as well as various United States statutes.
The plaintiffs are represented by the National Immigration Project of the NLG Legal Director Sejal Zota; attorneys Ira Kurzban and Kevin Gregg; and Mayer Brown.
Experts with expertise in country conditions in Haiti will testify along with former employees of DHS. Plaintiffs will address the decision’s effect on their lives and families.
For more info: Steve Forester of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, 786 877 6999.