“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.”
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.”
“TPS is one of the biggest issues alongside family separation. We have to work together to move America back where it should be. Justice for all immigrants.” - Hoffa of the @Teamsters #TPSjustice pic.twitter.com/ta64dhIDwq— Working Families United (@wfucoalition) February 12, 2019