Sanders to bring ‘Dreamer’ to State of the Union
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is bringing a beneficiary of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to President Trump’s State of the Union address.
The senator’s office said Tuesday that Sanders has invited Luis Alcauter, a former worker on his presidential campaign, to accompany him to the president’s address before a joint session of Congress.
Alcauter came to the U.S. from Mexico when he was 13 years old. After graduating high school and college in the U.S., Alcauter now works as the vice president of Washington-based consulting firm Solidarity Strategies, the release said.
Sanders is among a number of lawmakers who have invited DACA recipients, often called “Dreamers,” to the president’s Tuesday address.
Trump rescinded the program last September, raising concerns among Dreamers about possible deportation from the U.S. Alcauter’s DACA permit expires in October, according to Sanders’s office.
“Luis is not a statistic or a number. He is certainly not a bargaining chip in budget negotiations. He is a real flesh and blood human being, along with 800,000 other young people, who deserves our support,” Sanders said.
Trump is expected to lobby Congress on a new immigration proposal Tuesday night. That plan would offer a pathway to citizenship for nearly 2 million young immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally in exchange for funding for his long-promised wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
Some lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have already indicated that Trump’s proposal is a non-starter, meaning that the White House could face a tough battle over the issue.
Lawmakers have been battling in recent weeks over a legislative solution that would enshrine DACA’s protections into law. That fight led to a three-day government shutdown earlier this month, as members of Congress clashed over whether to include such protections in a short-term spending bill.
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