PCC Student and DREAMer Itayu Torres to Attend Trump’s First State of the Union As Guest of California Congressman Jimmy Gomez

Published : Tuesday, January 30, 2018 | 12:36 PM

Image credit: Rep. JImmy Gomez

Tonight, PCC student and DREAMer Itayu Torres will have a front row seat at President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address courtesy of Calfornia Rep. Jimmy Gomez. She will join other recipients of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program who were also invited to attend the event.

In late 2017, Trump announced an end DACA, which promised deportation relief and work permits to young immigrants and gave Congress until March 5 to come up with a legislative fix to continue to protect the program’s recipients. The fate and future of thousands of DREAMers now hang in the balance.

Congressman Jimmy Gomez vehemently opposes the Trump administration’s decision to do away with DACA and is bring Torres to the event to put a face on the struggle many DREAMers like her must now endure. He said of the young PCC student, “As a member of the California Dream Network (CDN) and close ally of CHIRLA, this college student has marched, rallied, protested, and advocated for what she knows is rightfully hers.”

Torres was born in Mexico and came to the U.S at just six months old. At 14, she discovered she was undocumented but found she was eligible to qualify for DACA. She said of the program, “DACA has given me many opportunities such as having access to state identification, a work permit, healthcare, traveling, and protection from deportation…Being in the CDN has made me grow as a person, and I aim to continue fighting for a Clean Dream Act and immigration reform for as long as it takes. I hope to make my way up to the Senate so my voice can be my community’s voice and give back to others.”

California is home to about 3 million unauthorized immigrants. While most are from Mexico, undocumented black immigrants have also settled here, according to the Migration Policy Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank in Washington, D.C.

President Trump’s State of the Union address airs tonight at 6 p.m. PST.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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