As President Trump's travel ban wound its way through the courts, plaintiffs made an argument about intent, using the President's tweets and comments to build their case. While the administration argued that the ban was not intended as a "Muslim ban," there were on-the-record statements showing his desire to institute such a law.
According to CNN, in a federal appeals court in December, the importance of these tweets was of particular interest to the judges:
'What do we do,' Judge James A. Wynn asked, when we have 'multiple instances' when the President has tweeted about Muslims 'before the election, during the election and just a week or so ago? Do we just ignore reality?'
But now, it's the President's comments calling Haiti, El Salvador, and some African nations "shithole countries" that have entered into a legal argument.
The Huffington Post reported:
The NAACP is suing the Trump administration, accusing Homeland Security of discriminating against Haiti’s mostly black nationals in violation of the Constitution’s equal protection guarantee.
The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Maryland, seeks to overturn the Department of Homeland Security’s November decision to cancel Temporary Protected Status for Haitians next year. TPS protects undocumented immigrants from deportation and allows them to work here legally because conditions in their home country are too dire to send them back.
The NAACP filed the lawsuit Wednesday. This temporary status had allowed tens of thousands of Haitians to live and work in the United States after the deadly earthquake that struck the island nation in 2010. Many of these people have built lives and livelihoods in the U.S., and have nothing to go back to in Haiti.
Some cheered on the NAACP:
While others were hung up on a particular word:
Does it take a judge to define the world "Temporary"?— Joe Guilfoyle (@GuilfoyleJJ) January 25, 2018
"temporary" protected status— MyInnerThoughts (@MyInnerThought3) January 25, 2018
Why do they always leave out the important words?
It was TEMPORARY STATUS! THAT MEANS IT CAN END and NOT Permanent, hello!!!— Incognita (@geewhiz1988) January 25, 2018
They have had since 2010 to get citizenship through work sponsorship or any other number of methods. The T stands for Temporary.— Grayson Knight (@realGrayKnight) January 25, 2018