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More Immigrants Sue US Over End to Protected Status

FILE - Supporters of temporary protected status immigrants stage a rally before announcing a lawsuit against the Trump administration over ending a program that lets immigrants live and work legally in the US, outside of a federal courthouse in San Francisco, Mar. 12, 2018.

Immigrants from Honduras and Nepal have filed a lawsuit alleging the Trump administration unfairly ended a program that lets them live and work in the United States.

The lawsuit filed late Sunday in San Francisco says the Department of Homeland Security's decision to end so-called temporary protected status was motivated by racism.

It also alleges the department changed how it evaluated conditions in the countries when deciding immigrants could return there.

A message for comment was left with the department.

Last year, a judge temporarily blocked the government from ending the program for immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan.

The U.S. government grants the status to citizens of countries ravaged by natural disasters or war so they can work in the U.S. until the situation improves back home.