Union members from the Working Families United coalition joined the National TPS Alliance’s convergence in Washington, DC to push for permanent protections for TPS holders and dreamers.
“I’m here today because if I lose my TPS, my family and I will lose everything,” explained Wilna Destin of UNITE HERE Local 737 in Orlando. “This isn’t a political issue. It’s not about political parties. Today, my union workers and I met with our Florida Congressional Representatives, Republicans and Democrats… Losing TPS will destroy the economy of many states including mine and it will destroy American families. Ending TPS will cause family separation by tearing us from our American children so we are here today. We are here to fight.”
The delegations from the seven unions visited more than 100 offices of Representatives and Senators in the Capitol. They met with Congress members and their staff telling their stories and asking them to make TPS and DACA a priority in the new Congress. While a federal injunction has frozen Trump’s cuts for four countries, others such as Nepal are nearing their deadline.

Addressing Nepal and Honduras, Donaldo Posadas, a member of the Painters’ Union (IUPAT DC21) with TPS from Honduras, announced at the gathering news from the day before.

“Yesterday we announced a lawsuit not just for myself and my daughter but for everyone from Honduras and Nepal who would be hurt by our TPS being taken away. Forcing our children to choose between the life they have here or a country they don’t know is unfair. Sending all of us to danger and instability is unjust. I’m proud to have been a union painter for two decades in this country and it does not feel right to see all of that just cut away. Now Congress has the ability to give us permanent protection and I am here to ask them to do it.”
Members with TPS said that they want permanent residency for dreamers and those from TPS designated countries. Being in limbo every other year and now with the unknown of what will happen is too much.


Many TPS holders have been in the United States for more than 20 years. Cutting the program is putting the lives of more than 400,000 TPS holders with 275,000 US citizen children into limbo. In addition, it is disrupting the industries they long have served, especially construction, restaurants, hospitality, health care, retail, and food production.If Congress allows TPS terminations, the mass layoffs that would follow would cost employers $967 million in immediate turnover costs and a loss of an estimated $164 billion in US GDP. Funding mass deportation of TPS recipients would cost taxpayers an additional $3 billion dollars.