Rep. Ruiz Invites Local DACA Recipient as Virtual Guest for His State of the Union Address

Alma Benito is a 22-year-old trilingual dreamer who has lived most of her life at Thermal. Tonight, she had a front row seat to virtually attend President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address.

“It makes me excited, at first I was really nervous when I was told this, it makes me excited because I can represent thousands of Dreamers like me,” Benito said.

For a year, Benito has worked tirelessly to encourage his community to get vaccinated. She speaks English, Spanish and Tarasco, the language spoken by the Purepechas, an indigenous group originally from Michoacan, Mexico.

Benito helped motivate his tribal neighbors who live in the eastern valley to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

“They’re not comfortable with the idea of ​​getting vaccinated, but when they see a familiar, they’re more comfortable with that idea,” Benito said.

Benito immigrated with his family from Mexico when he was five years old.

“The first time I realized I was Dreamer I was in hs, when I was trying to apply to college that’s when I realized I didn’t have the same opportunities than other kids,” Benito said.

Despite many obstacles to achieve part of her American dream, in a few weeks she will be a certified phlebotomist.

“We saw how easy it is for a judge to put a break on DACA, it makes me nervous, it makes us angry,” Benito said.

Benito was invited by Congressman Dr. Raul Ruiz to be a virtual guest for the speech.

“She’s an incredibly bright young woman who dreams of contributing to our democracy,” Ruiz said.

Benito hoped Biden would address the need for Congress to pass immigration reform soon.

“I know there’s a lot going on in the world right now in the world today, but we’re just here to say you know we’re here, let’s keep fighting, so they don’t forget about us. not,” Benito said.

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