Four Democrats have confirmed that they will be bringing illegal aliens who received amnesty through former President Obama's Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to President Trump's first address to Congress Tuesday.
Illinois Senator Dick Durbin is inviting Aaima Sayed, who was brought into the United States illegally by her parents when she was three years old. She qualified for amnesty through DACA.
Durbin made it clear in a statement released by his office that the invitation is meant to be a rebuttal to Trump's repeated statements about illegal immigrants being a detriment to the United States, and his promise to repeal Obama's executive action, which many have characterized as an "executive amnesty."
Would the United States be better off if Aaima is deported to Pakistan, where she hasn’t lived since she was a toddler, instead of using her talent as a physician to help low-income Americans? The answer is clear. I am honored to host this gifted young medical student as my guest. I hope her presence reminds President Trump what’s at stake in the debate over DACA: the lives of more than 750,000 innocent young people and the wellbeing of entire communities.
Sayed is a third-year medical student at Loyola University, and will work at a medically-underserved community after she graduates.
According to Politico, at least three other Democrats plan to bring DACA recipients as guests to the address, including Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado, Rep. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin, and Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York. Polis' guest is Oscar Juarez-Luna, who was brought to the U.S. from Mexico by his parents and is now a spokesman for the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition.
Pocan's guest will be Lupe Salmeron, a college student who was born in Mexico City, and studies Political Science in hopes of becoming an immigration lawyer. Nadler's guest will be Martin Batalla Vidal, also originally from Mexico, who sued the government when his DACA deferral was revoked because of the decision against the act by a federal judge in Texas.
Rep. Polis spoke to Tucker Carlson Monday about the reasoning behind bringing a DACA recipient to Trump's joint address.
Trump had promised to rescind Obama's amnesty while on the campaign trail but has recently said that the DREAMers need to be treated "with heart," prompting Univision journalist Jorge Ramos to advise granting all 11 million illegal aliens amnesty. Trump has also promised to end sanctuary cities and found that liberal city mayors are fighting back against the suggestion while illegal alien advocates are taking more drastic measures to protect them from deportation.