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Congressman Price Attends State of the Union with Local ‘Dreamer’

January 25, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan 25, 2018) – On Tuesday, January 30, Congressman David Price (D-NC) will attend the 2018 State of the Union address with America Moreno Jimenez, a high school teacher in Raleigh, NC who immigrated to the United States when she was two years old and has lived here ever since.

Thanks to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, established by President Obama in 2012, America was able to earn a North Carolina teaching license following completion of graduate school. She currently teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) at Sanderson High School, helping students obtain English proficiency and achieve academic success.

“I’m honored to be joined by America at this year’s State of the Union address,” said Congressman Price. “Her passion for giving back to the community where she grew up is a testament to the story of many Dreamers in our community and our country. Despite the persistent uncertainty and fear created by her immigration status, America persevered to graduate high school, college, and graduate school. Then, because of the DACA program, she was able to became a certified ESL teacher, filling a crucial need in our state and serving an often overlooked student population. Her success is one of many inspiring stories of Dreamers who came to America as children and have made incalculable contributions to the only nation they have ever known.”

In September, President Trump recklessly rescinded the DACA program, putting the futures of 700,000 young Dreamers like America at risk. At the time, Congressman Price issued a statement calling the President’s decision “shameful” and a “betrayal of the very idea of the American dream.” President Trump asked Congress to come up with a bipartisan solution to fix the problem he created. But when a solution was proposed, he reneged on his commitment, leaving Dreamers with no protection from deportation and no guarantee their lives would not be disrupted. Congressman Price has continued to advocate for a bipartisan solution to protect Dreamers and has called on Republican leadership to bring legislation to the floor without delay.  

In the wake of President Trump’s decision on DACA, the Raleigh News & Observer published an op-ed by America in which she tells her story as a Dreamer and calls on readers to defend the DACA program. Her op-ed can be read here.

Congressman Price and America Moreno Jimenez will be available for media interviews upon request. Media outlets interested in media availability should reach out to Sawyer Hackett at sawyer.hackett@mail.house.gov.

 

 

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