State of the Union 2018: Meet the 6 Oregon 'Dreamers' attending Trump's first address
As President Donald Trump prepares to deliver his first State of the Union address, Oregon Democrats have invited six “Dreamers” to Washington D.C. in hopes of putting a face to the more than 800,000 young men and women whose deportation protections are on the line starting March 8 if Congress doesn’t extend the Obama-era program or come up with a permanent fix by then.
All six of the state’s Democratic senators and representatives will be accompanied by Oregonians who were brought to the U.S. by their parents as children. Rep. Greg Walden, the state’s lone Republican on Capitol Hill, has not announced a guest although he’s said he is sympathetic to the plight of Dreamers.
These are the six Dreamers who have been invited to the 2018 State of the Union address by the state’s Democratic delegation:
Corona was one of the first Oregonians to apply for DACA protections when the Obama Administration launched the program in 2014. She was brought to the U.S. as an infant and grew up in rural Oregon. Vargas Corona graduated from Linfield College the same year she applied for DACA and is now a full-time employee at the Yamhill Community Care Organization.
“Not having protection against deportation is terrifying,” Vargas Corona said in a news release. “Being forced to plan for a potential separation from my child and husband is something that I do not wish for any parent. It is deeply heartbreaking to mentally prepare yourself to not see your child grow up and be there for all his defining milestones.”
She lives in McMinnville with her husband and 7-year-old son.
Bonamici represents Oregon's 1st Congressional District.