My name is Jamileth, I am 12 years old, and am one of the more than 200 thousand U.S. citizen children facing the threat of family separation as a result of President Trump’s decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
I am the daughter of two hard-working TPS holders. My parents work long hours – often two jobs each – to provide for our family. They are active members of our community and have set down roots in our home state of New Jersey.
Many people have heard about TPS ending, but do they really know what it is like to be a TPS holder in this situation and be told to leave the place they have come to call home? I do. My family has experienced sadness, fear, and stress at the thought of being separated. I have lost sleep thinking about my mom not being there to pick me up from school or not having my dad to keep me safe.
My parents have done so much for me and now I am doing something for them. Today, I am joining my mother on the #TPSJourney4Justice. The journey started today at Los Angeles City Hall and will take TPS families, like mine, across the country, from city to city, and town to town, to connect our voices and to show that we will not give in to fear.