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Posted: Tuesday, January 30, 2018. 4:52 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: An undocumented Belizean living in the United States will be the special guest of a Democratic California senator at President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address later today.

US Senator Kamala Harris invited Denea Joseph, a recipient of the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, to attend the address as a guest. Senator Harris, explaining her decision to invite Joseph, praised her for her days of advocating for minorities in the US since her days in college.

Her commitment to the representation and empowerment of black immigrant communities is inspiring. We must continue to fight to give her and the hundreds of thousands of other young people like her who are living in fear, the security they need to live up to their full potential,” Harris said.

Under the DACA program, the US Government provided deportation relief and work permits to young immigrants who had either entered or stayed in the country illegally. The Trump administration terminated that program in September 2017 and gave Congress until March 5 to pass a legislative fix to continue to protect the program’s recipients.

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