February 04, 2019

Congressman Joe Neguse to Host DACA Recipient from Colorado State University at State of the Union

Washington D.C.— Congressman Joe Neguse (CO-02), himself a son of African refugees, has invited a student in the DACA program from Colorado State University to attend the State of the Union on Tuesday February 5th as his guest. Elias, a student studying Chemical and Biological Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at Colorado State University, came to America at a young age when his parents immigrated from Mexico, and currently lives and works part-time in Fort Collins where he attends school.

“The partisan differences surrounding our immigration system have been placed front and center in today’s political discussion,” said Congressman Neguse. “In this moment, it is incredibly important for us to consider the individuals like Elias who have come to this country as children, or arrived seeking asylum from unimaginable violence in South America. The immigrant story is at the foundation of who we are as Americans, and we cannot allow the national discourse to ignore the stories of our Dreamers, refugees and those seeking opportunity in America. It is my hope that this Administration will work with Congress to achieve true comprehensive immigration reform. The United States is a country of immigrants — it is the core and credo of who we are as a nation. We need to work towards real solutions instead of demonizing and fear-mongering.”

Representative Neguse is the son of African immigrants who came to America as refugees and is the first Eritrean-American to serve in the US House of Representatives. He currently serves on the Subcommittee for Immigration and Citizenship on the House Judiciary Committee.