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Belizean to attend Trump’s State of the Union Address

Tomorrow US President Donald Trump will deliver his first State of the Union Address. A Belizean who migrated to the United States will be in the chamber of the United States House of Representatives listening to the 45th President of the United States of America. Her name is Denea Joseph, a born Belizean who journeyed to the US years ago where she grew up in Los Angeles. Joseph will be the guest of US Senator Kamala Harris who had announced she will be accompanied by an undocumented immigrant from Belize. According to news outlets in San Diego, Joseph is one of 220,000 Californians who has been protected from deportation by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that President Trump canceled. Senator Harris said that quote ‘Dreamers like Denea represent the best of who we are as a nation. 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.” End of quote. Joseph said quote, “As a young girl born in Belize, Central America, a country of no more than 370,000 people, I could’ve never fathom that I’d be invited as a guest to the State of the Union address. I truly believe that we will win, we will win the fight to ensure that immigrants like myself are equipped with the rights to live and contribute fully. The time is now to pass a Clean Dream Act that doesn’t use undocumented youth to criminalize the original, “Dreamers,” our parents and grandparents.” End of quote. Joseph is currently the communications coordinator at the UndocuBlack Network, an advocacy organization that serves black, undocumented immigrants nationwide. In September 2017, the Trump administration officially announced its plan to phase out DACA – which provides a level of amnesty to certain undocumented immigrants, many of whom came to the U.S. as children.