FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 10, 2022
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As part of a ten-day series of nationwide and international actions calling attention to the urgent need to protect Central American families through the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) humanitarian program, young voters from mixed status families are speaking out. They stressed that they view the November midterms as a litmus test for candidates: will those running for office take a stand for policies that keep immigrant families together, and that guarantee dignity, equality, and safety for communities?
“My parents don’t have the right to cast a ballot, so this November, my vote is my family’s voice,” said Claudia Elizabeth Jorge Benitez from California, whose parents are beneficiaries of TPS. “When I cast my ballot, it’ll be for leaders who aren’t going to leave communities like mine out to dry. ”
From September 10 to September 20, Alianza Americas, a coalition of 58 grassroots organizations fighting for equity and human rights in 18 states, and other partners are backing nearly a dozen actions in ten cities across the United States and El Salvador. As part of the campaign, first-time voters, who are children of TPS parents or children of undocumented parents, are demanding action from policymakers to pass legislation that brings equality, protection, and keeps their families together.
“Because of all the uncertainty surrounding the future of TPS, my life is pretty much constant fear and uncertainty, not knowing for sure whether my sisters will lose their right to live and work in this country that I’ve always called home,” said Emily Rivas from Houston, Texas, whose sisters are beneficiaries of TPS. “When I vote in November, the number one question I have for candidates is, what are you going to do to keep families like mine from losing everything?”