DACA Recipient from Queens to be Meng's Guest at President Trump's Address to Congress
Feb 28, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In an effort to stand against President Trump’s immigration policies, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) announced today that a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be her guest at the President’s address to Congress tonight.
Angie Kim, who works in Queens and grew-up in several parts of the borough (including Bayside, Elmhurst, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Rego Park and Woodside), will join Meng in the House chamber for the President’s first speech to a Joint Session of Congress.
The DACA program, which former President Barack Obama created by executive action in 2012, allows qualified immigrants who were brought to the country as children to receive work permits and stay in the United States.
Kim, 32, was brought to the U.S. by her parents from South Korea at the age of nine. Her ability to remain in the U.S. could be in jeopardy, as President Trump has made conflicting remarks about the future of the DACA program.
“Having Angie as my guest for the President’s speech is a huge show of solidarity against the cruel and un-American immigration policies of the Trump Administration,” said Meng. “Her parents came here seeking a better life and she now works to improve the lives of other immigrants. I am proud to share her story and to have her stand with me at the President’s speech.”
“I have used my story as an example of how broken, arduous and unjust the U.S. immigration system is,” said Kim. “In 2013, I had the privilege of meeting with then-President Obama where I and other ‘dreamers’ shared our stories in the Oval Office. I thank Congresswoman Meng for inviting me and for standing-up to President Trump’s immigration policies.”
Kim is presently a community organizing fellow at the MinKwon Center for Community Action in Flushing, Queens.