A federal appeals court on Monday upheld the Trump administration\u0026#039;s effort to end humanitarian protections for hundreds of thousands of immigrants, paving the way for possible mass deportations of people who have lived in the country for years.The Congressional Hispanic Caucus called the 2-1 decision (pdf) from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth District blocking a lower court\u0026#039;s ruling \u0022devastating.\u0022This is unspeakable and made only worse by the fact that they should have been given paths to citizenship decades ago but instead were given truncated TPS statuses that they had to pay to renew each year and which were open to being unilaterally cancelled, as Trump has done. https://t.co/AxbEIa6t0R— Andrés Pertierra (@ASPertierra) September 14, 2020At issue is Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for people from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan. TPS designation allows for work permission and deportation protection for individuals whose home countries are experiencing extraordinary conditions including armed conflict or the fallout from natural disasters.The Texas Tribune reported:[Immigrants from the four countries] could be forced to leave behind U.S. citizen children if the ruling stands. Recipients from Nepal and Honduras could also be affected as a separate but similar case on their behalf was placed on hold pending the outcome of the case involving the other nationalities, according to Reuters.The ruling would require Salvadorans to leave the country by Nov. 5, 2021... The deadline would be March 5, 2021 for recipients from the other five countries, organizers with the National TPS Alliance, advocacy group for the immigrants, said during a press call Monday.\u0022This government has failed me and the other 250,000 U.S. citizen children of TPS holders,\u0022 said Crista Ramos, lead plaintiff in the case.\u0026nbsp;Immigrant rights groups denounced the ruling.\u0022This court decision is doubling down on the Trump administration\u0026#039;s anti-immigrant policy agenda, leaving nearly 300,000 TPS holders vulnerable to family separation and mass deportation,\u0022 said Peniel Ibe, policy engagement coordinator for Quaker organization American Friends Service Committee.\u0022Without Congressional action,\u0022 warned Ibe, \u0022this will lead to devastating moral and economic consequences not just for TPS holders but for their families, communities, and for the entire country.\u0022Oscar Chacón, executive director of Alianza Americas, expressed outrage as well and accused the Trump administration of \u0022ignoring the conditions in their countries of origin and the family, communal, and economic ties that TPS holders have built during years, even decades, of residing in the U.S.\u0022 and being \u0022motivated only by the white supremacist agenda.\u0022TPS holders from the four countries \u0022have been living in the U.S. for years, they have built families, working relationships, companies, and around 130,000 are essential workers on the front lines of the battle against Covid-19,\u0022 Chacón said. He further warned that \u0022the lives and futures of hundreds of thousands of TPS holders and their families, including their children who are U.S. citizens, are now in disarray.\u0022According to Chacón, the ruling also provides more evidence people need to effect change come Election Day.\u0022We must vote for our families, for our communities, and for those who cannot do it,\u0022 he said.