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January 26th, 2018
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) announced that Edenilson Granados will be his guest to the 2018 State of the Union Address. Ednilson, a father and Salvadoran immigrant, is one of over two dozen employees at Kettle Cuisine, in Lynn, Massachusetts, with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) whose futures are in question due to the Administration’s immigration policies.
“Edenilson’s pursuit of a better life in the United States is the manifestation of the American Dream,” said Moulton. “The United States should be the land of promise, not a place that dashes the hopes of hardworking men and women – no matter where they were born. We in Washington must aim to restore America’s place as a land of safety and opportunity, just as Edenilson envisioned it.”
“I love this country. I feel I am part of this country. I’ve lived in this country for more years than El Salvador. Right now, it’s very tough for us. I look forward to attending the State of the Union, and I hope the Congress and people in power can give us the opportunity to stay more in this country. I hope they can think about it like a father or a mother and make a better decision about giving us the opportunity to keep living the American Dream,” said Edenilson Granados.
Founded in 1986, Kettle Cuisine handcrafts small batch, all natural soups from scratch for restaurants, foodservice operators and grocery retailers.
“It’s hard to hear on a human level, that these employees, who have raised families here, bought homes, and been very good, productive citizens, will face the anxiety of having to go back to El Salvador and deciding if their children will stay here or go with them to a country the kids have never known,” said Kettle Cuisine CEO Liam McClennon. “On a business level, losing these highly-skilled people will be a detriment to our ability to produce a high-quality product cost-efficiently. It’s harder still because in the current economy, there just aren’t enough talented people looking for work in manufacturing.”
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