Attorney General Letitia James’s office on Friday joined in a friend-of-the-court brief opposing an effort that could lead to the deportation of hundreds of thousand of people who have temporary protected status.

The brief, filed as part of a coalition with 22 attorneys general, called on the Ninth Circuit Court to uphold an injunction that plaintiffs successfully received in the lower federal idstrict court that blocked the Department of Homeland Security from rescinding the designation for Haiti, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Sudan.

“Immigrant New Yorkers are critical to the economic and cultural strength of our state,” James said. “The Trump Administration continues to take away the vital protections for these communities, and as a result, is putting their safety and wellbeing at risk. My office will continue to use every resource at our disposal to protect New York’s vast immigrant communities.”

Temporary protected status is a designation for refugees who have fled home countries engulfed in either armed conflict, a natural disaster or emergency crisis.