LOS ANGELES, CA – The Board of Supervisors today approved a motion authored by Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District, and co-authored by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, authorizing County Counsel to file and/or join amicus briefs in support of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients’ ability to adjust their status.

“TPS has for nearly three decades provided a safe harbor for hundreds of thousands of immigrants fleeing nations ravaged by natural disasters, war, and civil strife,” said Chair Solis. “The County has protected and defended the rights of TPS recipients to remain home with their families in the United States, and once again, must continue fighting to provide permanent protection for the hard-working immigrants of our community.”

“The last White House administration was consistently cruel in its treatment of immigrants,” said Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, “and virtually all of its actions ran counter to our core historic American values. By filing an amicus brief to support immigrants who had been granted Temporary Protected Status, LA County makes clear that this county, home to one of the largest immigrant populations in the country, does not believe that immigrants fleeing disaster should be used as pawns in hateful games of political scapegoating.”

The United States Supreme Court recently agreed to review Sanchez v. Wolf, a case to determine whether a grant of TPS authorizes an eligible noncitizen to obtain lawful permanent resident status.

The passage of today’s motion authorizes County Counsel to file and/or join amicus briefs in support of recipients of TPS including, but not limited to the case of Sanchez v. Wolf, and in other litigation aimed to protect TPS recipients and their legal rights, as deemed appropriate by County Counsel.

To view the motion, visit http://file.lacounty.gov/SDSInter/bos/supdocs/153630.pdf.

CONTACT: Kimberly Ortega, Acting Communications Director, (213) 361-6435 or KOrtega@bos.lacounty.gov