Dem invites celebrity chef José Andrés to Trump’s speech

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José Andrés, the celebrity chef who backed out of plans to open a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, will be attending President Trump’s address to Congress Tuesday night as the guest of a House Democrat.

Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Texas) revealed on “CNN Newsroom” Tuesday that he’s bringing the Spanish-American celebrity chef as his guest.

Andrés in 2015 canceled a deal to open a Spanish restaurant in the Trump International Hotel because of then-candidate Trump’s incendiary comments about undocumented immigrants during the presidential campaign. 

{mosads}Trump subsequently filed a lawsuit against Andrés for $10 million in damages for his breach of contract. The legal dispute remains ongoing.

Vela said in the CNN interview that he invited Andrés to symbolize opposition to the Trump-administration policies expanding the types of undocumented immigrants prioritized for deportation. Under President Obama, undocumented immigrants accused of serious crimes or who had recently crossed into the country were prioritized for deportation. 

But new guidelines under the Trump administration state that any immigrant living in the country illegally who is convicted, charged or suspected of a crime will be prioritized for deportation. 

“President Trump has dramatically and radically shifted the deportation policies. Now, anybody who ever crossed illegally is subject to deportation even if they’ve never committed a crime since they got here. That would mean that people who are working in hotels, restaurants, construction sites, and agricultural fields all over this country are now subject to deportation. And those are the people that José Andrés and I think we need to protect,” Vela told CNN.

Andrés, an immigrant from northern Spain, became a U.S. citizen in 2013.

He closed some of his Washington-area restaurants earlier this month during the “Day without Immigrants” protest. 

At least 10 Democratic lawmakers plan to bring as their guests young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and are shielded from deportation under an Obama-era program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. 

Three of Trump’s guests, meanwhile, are relatives of people killed by illegal immigrants.


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