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January 25, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) announced that she has invited Nevada TPS recipient Nery Martinez to join her at this year’s State of the Union address scheduled for Tuesday, January 30 in Washington, D.C. Mr. Martinez fled the Salvadoran civil war in the 1990s and has lived in Las Vegas since then. He is currently a bar apprentice at the Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino and, with his wife who is also a TPS holder from El Salvador, is the father of two children who are U.S. citizens.

“I am honored to have such an inspiring person join me for the State of the Union address,” said Rosen. “Nery is a hardworking individual who fled a horrific civil war to come to the U.S. in order to provide a better future for himself and his family. The President needs to be reminded that his callous, xenophobic, and misguided decision to end TPS will have very real consequences, destroying countless families that have played by the rules and contributed so much to our communities.”

“I am very grateful that Congresswoman Rosen has invited me to be her guest at the State of the Union,” said Mr. Martinez. “Congresswoman Rosen understands that TPS recipients like myself have worked hard to build our lives here so that our children do not have to experience the hardships we have had to face in our home countries. It is a shame that President Trump refuses to accept this reality. I will be at the address to remind him and this administration that TPS recipients like me are here to make this already great nation even greater.”

BACKGROUND: This week, Congresswoman Rosen met with the Salvadoran Consul General in Las Vegas and discussed her support of the American Promise Act, which would protect TPS recipients from deportation and allow law-abiding TPS holders a pathway to permanent residency and citizenship. H.R. 4253 would allow all law-abiding TPS recipients, including those from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, and half a dozen other countries, to apply to become legal permanent residents (LPRs). This legislation would also provide a pathway to citizenship for TPS recipients and their families who gain LPR status by allowing them to apply for citizenship after five years, just like other green card holders.

Over two weeks ago, Congresswoman Rosen sent a letter urging Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Nielsen to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) status for individuals from El Salvador. Earlier this month, Congresswoman Rosen met with TPS holders in Las Vegas to hear their concerns and to talk about her legislative efforts on immigration.

According to the Center for American Progress, 6,300 people in Nevada are TPS holders from El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti. Approximately, 5,200 U.S.-born children in Nevada have parents from El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti who have TPS. The Trump Administration’s refusal to renew status for TPS holders from these countries could cost Nevada $269.5 million annually in economic activity.