Jesus Narvaez is the DACA recipient who was chosen to attend Tuesday’s State of the Union Address as Congressman Peter DeFazio’s honorary guest. KLCC asked him about his experience.
Narvaez was chosen as DeFazio’s guest through his work with Oregon DACA coalition. He’s a 25 year sophomore at Lane Community College, and came to the United States from Tepic Nayarit, Mexico with his parents in 2000. He received DACA in 2012, but his protection ends in 2019.
Narvaez say it was an honor to be invited to the State of the Union, but he felt shocked by President Donald Trump’s stance on the immigration issue.
“It wasn’t in a respectful way. The way he addressed it was causing more fear in the country, and I really didn’t agree with that because causing fear just further divides the country and further makes people think that immigrants are scary, when in reality immigrants have contributed to this country in many ways.”
Narvaez says he felt uncomfortable clapping during parts of the president’s speech.
He says it’s important to be educated about constitutional rights and resources available to immigrants.