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My name is Christina Ponthieux. I am 11 years old. I attend JFK Magnet Middle School. First Speaker Pelosi, let me congratulate you for being voted Speaker of the House for the second time! I feel extremely happy for you. Speaker Pelosi, I came to talk to you when you came to Miami to help Congresswoman Donna Shalala, but I could not get in because a group of angry people were making a lot of racket. I was scared but not too much because my dad, Rony Ponthieux was there and my mentor and second mom: Ms Marleine Bastien. The Secret Service was nice, but they closed the doors, and no one could get in. I was very disappointed, but I did not cry.

The reason for my letter is to ask you to help me and over 275,000 US born children of Temporary Protected Status families. Few people talk about the fact that if a permanent solution is not found for my parents who both have TPS, and the other 300,000 from Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador , Sudan, and others, the US will witness the biggest deportation of US born children like me to nations in turmoil where our lives will be in danger. Look at what is going on now in Haiti. I heard that there was a massacre in Haiti recently. Even children were killed. Do you think that it’ll be safe for the 27,000 of us Americans to go back there? My parents already said they will not leave me behind. Do you blame them? Children belong with their parents, not in cages, not dead!

As a Family Action Network Movemenent (FANM) youth leader and co-chair of C-FAR : Children For Family Reunification, I beg you Speaker Pelosi to help pass a law to help my parents and the 300,000 others to stay. My parents are both nurses, and they are good people just like the other TPS recipients.

Speaker Pelosi, you are the big boss now. You can help the U.S born children of TPS recipients like me, the DACA youths, and those being separated from their moms and dads at the border where two of them recently died. It is so sad to come here to be safe and die. You can do something about that. I heard that the TPS is going to court on Monday. I pray, I pray that we win. I know that we have to be our part too, and that’s why I am reaching out to you.

I believe in you Speaker Pelosi. You are not scared of President Trump. You can do it. I will help the best I can if you call on me.

Again, Congratulations.

Love

Christina

Posted 12:00 am, January 9, 2019
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Shirley says:
The U.S. needs to stop non-citizens from using our court system. Taxpayers pay for those expenses and salaries and non-citizens should not be allowed to tie up an already over-burdened system they don't contribute to except for small filing fees.
Jan. 12, 1:36 pm
Darrell R Hughes from Punta Gorda FLA says:
I'm sick and tired of the Democratic and GOP parties,they were voted by the people of this nation to work for us and to see that we are protected by the the ones we voted for, it's why Trump was voted to be president because of the way Washington has become in the past and from the way both parties are acting it hasn't changed at all and as far as pelosi has acted she should step down and resign from her job and as far as that goes so should most of the people who hold offices should join her.
Jan. 17, 4:06 pm
RS says:
1. I highly doubt an 11yr old wrote this open letter 2. Im sick of American citizens being denied assistance because our tax dollars are being used for Non American citizens. It's time to put American citizens first! 3. Speaker Pelosi and other Democrats better wake up and start working for the good of LEGAL American citizens, we are awake to your lies and manipulation simply to gain power. Just keep poking the sleeping bear and see what happens.
Jan. 17, 8:18 pm

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