Homeland Security officials have formally extended protections that allowed immigrants from four countries to live and work legally in the United States.

The move Thursday complies with a federal judge’s ruling that halted the decision to discontinue temporary protected status (TPS) for people from Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti and El Salvador.

The California judge ruled in October. The protections were set to expire in May, but will be extended until the preliminary injunction remains in effect.

Temporary protected status is granted to countries ravaged by natural disasters or war and lets citizens of those countries remain in the U.S. until the situation improves back home. About 300,000 people have received those protections.

Trump administration officials had moved to discontinue protections for many countries; several lawsuits have been filed.

The ruling covers about 240,000 TPS holders; a separate court case has blocked Trump administration orders to remove about 57,000 Honduran and 9,000 Nepali TPS beneficiaries.

TPS has failed to gain as much congressional support as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects immigrants without legal status who arrived in the United States as minors.

But support for TPS holders — especially long-term residents of the United States — has become more visible as the program’s been targeted by the Trump administration.

TPS will be included in a new version of the DREAM Act set to be unveiled by House Democrats next month, according to Roll Call.

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