First DACA recipient to become Rhodes scholar to attend State of the Union

The first Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program beneficiary to become a Rhodes scholar will attend the State of the Union address as a guest of a member of Congress, The Associated Press reported Thursday.

Jin Park, a recent Harvard graduate, was invited to the Feb. 5 event by Rep. Grace MengGrace MengBowman holds double-digit lead over Engel in NY primary Grace Meng wins NY Democratic primary The Hill's Campaign Report: Primary night in Kentucky and New York MORE (D-N.Y.), who told AP his attendance might help bring attention to the struggles of young immigrants.


As part of the Rhodes programs, Park and 31 other students are invited to study at Oxford University in the U.K.

However, as a "Dreamer," Park fears that if he attends the program he might not be allowed back into the U.S.

The 22-year-old native of South Korea has protected status to stay in the U.S. because his family immigrated when he was 7 years old before 2007.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Michael Cohen book accuses Trump of corruption, fraud Trump requests mail-in ballot for Florida congressional primary MORE rescinded overseas travel for those with DACA status as he seeks to end the program.

Trump’s attempts to roll back the Obama-era policy have been challenged in multiple courts, but could be reviewed by the Supreme Court.