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Oregon DREAMers attending State of the Union address

Two men are traveling from Oregon to Washington DC to attend the State of the Union address. Both men are DREAMers.

Posted: Jan. 29, 2018 8:23 AM
Updated: Jan. 29, 2018 3:22 PM

WASHINGTON - Two men from Oregon will be at the State of the Union in Washington D.C. on Tuesday.

One Oregon Dreamer is taking the place of Congressman Earl Blumenauer while Sen. Ron Wyden invited the other as his guest.

According to CNN, Aldo Solano was brought to the U.S. illegally when he was 6 years old. He now works as a social justice advocate. 

"I grew up in Woodburn. I did everything just like any other American Oregonian child," said Solano, "I am an American. I'm an Oregonian. And I am fighting for my right to be here."

CNN reports that Congressman Blumenauer is foregoing the trip because of President Trump. 

"I respect the office of the presidency. I'm not going back for the state of the Union speech because Donald Trump doesn't respect it," Blumenauer said.

Meanwhile, Sen. Ron Wyden announced he is taking two Eugene brothers as his guests, Esli Becerra and his brother.

Esli was brought to the United States when he was 8-months-old and his brother was born in Springfield, Oregon. The brothers grew up in Eugene and Esli graduated from Lane Community College.

"The United States is the only country I have ever known and I am incredibly grateful for all the opportunity this country has provided me,'' Esli said. "I love this country and just want to continue contributing to my community, my employer and my family without fear and uncertainty."

Wyden said Esli represents the nearly 11,000 DREAMers in Oregon.

"Esli, his brother Kevin and these young people are the real 'Dream Team' and I am proud to be their teammate in this fundamental fight for fairness,' Wyden said. "Esli's story of success in Oregon and sacrifice for his brother exemplifies how much he and his fellow DREAMers have contributed to our communities and earned an opportunity to stay in the country they know and love."

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