Briella TomassettiJan 29, 2018, 6:59 pm

Glen Clove ‘Dreamer’ to attend President Trump’s State of the Union address

Trump is expected to tackle hot-button issues including immigration during his speech


GLEN COVE — Long Island Congressman Tom Suozzi is bringing a local dreamer to President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union Address with hopes of bringing more attention to the DACA crisis.

27-year-old Nelson Melgar moved to Glen Cove at just 13-years-old and worked 18 hours a day to put himself through college. Melgar is fighting to fulfill the American dream but is at risk of deportation after President Trump's decision to rescind DACA, the Obama-era executive order that allows certain undocumented immigrants to get a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit.

"Though I may not be a U.S. citizen, I may not have a birth certificate from the U.S., I am as American as anybody else," Melgar said.

Melgar hopes to share his story and be a symbol for Dreamers across the nation. Congressman Suozzi first we introduced him in September when he called on his fellow lawmakers to pass the "Dream Act," which would allow dreamers to apply for permanent residency and potential citizenship. But President Trump and Congress have yet to reach a negotiation on the DACA debate as the Feb. 8 deadline quickly nears.

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