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Americans applying for asylum in Canada jumped 600% in 2017

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Asylum-seekers waiting to cross the U.S.-Canada border. Photo: Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty Images

The number of U.S. citizens who applied for asylum in Canada last year was six times the number that applied in 2016, CNN reports.

By the numbers: 2,550 Americans sought refuge in Canada in 2017, compared to just 395 in 2016. And the trend is continuing: As of the end of August, 1,215 U.S. citizens had applied for asylum in Canada this year. The Canadian Press reports that the figure includes people who were born in the U.S., but whose parents are citizens of other countries.

Judge temporarily blocks Trump administration from ending temporary protected status

Demonstration over termination of the Temporary Protected Status for Haitians in Miami, Florida. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Demonstration over termination of the Temporary Protected Status for Haitians in Miami, Florida. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A federal judge in California issued a preliminary injunction on Wednesday to temporarily block the Trump administration from terminating Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for hundreds of thousands of immigrants from from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan.

Why it matters: This is a significant victory for more than 300,000 TPS beneficiaries and advocates seeking to reinstate the program that protects some undocumented immigrants from deportation — many of whom have been living in the U.S. for decades and have children who are American. U.S. District Judge Edward Chen wrote that the government must maintain TPS while a suit challenging its decision plays out in court. Chen's ruling comes as recipients from Sudan were set to lose their protections next month.

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