Meet the children living in
fear of Family Separation
Playing basketball. Doing homework. Horsing around. That’s what most kids in America should be up to—but that’s not the reality for the children of TPS.
Temporary protected status (TPS) is a status for survivors of armed conflict, political repression, and/or natural disasters from being deported when they seek safety in the US. There are hundreds of thousands of TPS families that belong together who are in danger of separation.
Meet the children who wants to be actors, doctors, presidents, and superheroes — and live in fear of TPS separation.
Families Belong Together and Working Families believe that TPS represents the best of America, a compassionate America, where children should be able to be children.
Union members like Wilna Destin of UNITE HERE Florida, Donaldo Posadas of the Maryland Painters Union, and their families are plaintiffs in class-action lawsuits that have temporarily stopped the Trump administration’s attacks on TPS.
But the protections from the courts aren’t permanent—and 270,000 people are living in fear of TPS cancellation.
Katie and Erick (Las Vegas, NV)
UNITE HERE member and TPS holder Nery Martinez who escaped the civil war in El Salvador in the 1990s. Meet 15-year old Katie, who wants to be a psychologist, and 13-year old Erick, who wants to be an engineer.
Vivian and David (Orlando, FL)
UNITE HERE Local 737 leader and TPS holder Belinda escaped Honduras 20 years ago. Her son, David, is an aspiring pharmacist and New England Patriots fan. Her daughter, Vivian, has a passion for dance and for animals.
Mozen, Muruj, Mosebeh (Brooklyn, NY)
African Communities Together member, TPS holder and domestic worker Amal has four kids. Mozen’s good at math and likes riding her bike. Muruj wants to help the homeless, Mosebeh loves to play with his friends.
Smith and Renalda (Orlando, FL)
UNITE HERE members, TPS holders, and Disney World employees Hermanie and Reynald have three kids. Smith is 10 and wants to become a scientist to cure disease. Renalda, seven, likes to draw animals. Schamma, five, is excited about starting kindergarten.
Hnaida and John (Orlando, FL)
UNITE HERE member leader and TPS holder Wilna has two children. John is 11 and dreams about playing for the NFL so he can raise money for the homeless. Hnaida likes watching Netflix and one day, wants to be a doctor.
Fraly is an 11-year-old aspiring skateboarder and active church member. He loves working on cars with his dad and doing the shopping with his mom, Reyna, who came to the US from El Salvador. He says she works long hours fabricating doors and is a leader in her union, IUPAT District Council 51.
CALL CONGRESS TO MAKE
TPS Protections Permanent
Congress needs to act to make TPS protections permanent and put TPS holders on a path to citizenship. In the House of Representatives, more than 227 Congresspeople are co-sponsors of HR 6, the Dream and Promise Act, which provides a dignified pathway to citizenship for TPS holders and immigrant youth.
You can make a difference. Call your member of Congress today and tell them to support TPS Holders and HR6. Don’t know who your member is? Click here.
Never called Congress before? Don’t worry, it’s fast and easy—and remember, they’re there to listen to you, the people they represent. So give them a call now and tell them to stand with children of TPS.
Children of TPS is Brought to You by:
Families Belong Together is a coalition organization representing Americans from all backgrounds that has raised millions of dollars for immigrant children and families, mobilized hundreds of thousands of people in all 50 states to take action, and helped to reunite thousands of separated families. The coalition includes nearly 250 organizations and is led by the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Women’s Refugee Commission, MomsRising, FWD.us, United We Dream, People’s Action, ACLU, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, MoveOn and others. For more information, please visit www.FamiliesBelongTogether.org.
Working Families United is a coalition of labor unions seeking immigrant worker justice. Together, we represent 4 million U.S. workers. Our members include the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, UNITE HERE, the Ironworkers, the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Teamsters, and Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA).