Orange County Rep. Gil Cisneros Invites Titan DACA Student to State of the Union

Young immigrants are at the center of border wall debate

Miriam Tellez with Gil Cisneros

Cal State Fullerton Dreamer Miriam Tellez, a senior studying sociology, was invited by Rep. Gil Cisneros as his guest to President Trump’s State of the Union address.

A Cal State Fullerton student and a handful of other young immigrants who have a temporary legal status President Trump has tried to abolish will be among those sitting in the Congressional gallery Tuesday night, listening to his State of the Union address.

Rep. Gil Cisneros, D-Yorba Linda, invited as his guest Miriam Tellez, a sociology major at Cal State Fullerton who has status in this country under a program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which gives Tellez and some 700,000 other young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children a temporary reprieve from the threat of deportation.

Describing Tellez – who was brought to this country when she was eight-years-old – as “a leader in her community,” Cisneros said “it is crass and inhumane for the president to try and leverage them, their families, and the DACA program he is responsible for ending, to extract a senseless border wall.”

So-called DREAMers, he said in a news release, “are so much more than bargaining chips.” Continue reading in the Orange County Register.

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