WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tonight, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) will attend the State of the Union with Nevada Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipient and Culinary Workers Union Local 226 member Nery Martínez. Mr. Martínez fled to the U.S. from El Salvador in the 1990s and lives in Las Vegas. Mr. Martinez works as a bar apprentice at Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino. Martinez’s wife is also a TPS holder from El Salvador, and he is the father of two children who are U.S. citizens. Earlier this month, the Trump Administration announced plans to end TPS for about 200,000 Salvadorans.
“Nery came to the U.S. years ago and has worked tirelessly to build a better future for himself and his family in Nevada,” said Rosen. “I’m honored to have him as my guest for the State of the Union. The President and this Congress need to be reminded that his callous and misguided decision to end the TPS program will have very real consequences, destroying thousands of families like Nery’s who have played by the rules and contributed so much to our communities and our economy.”
“My contributions to the United States and Nevada are not temporary,” said Martínez. “I pay into social security benefits, pay taxes, and provide for my family. I hope casino companies will stand up for their TPS employees who work hard every day and will not be silent while we are at risk. Nevada is our home and we are here to stay.”