Dallas ‘dreamer’ to be guest of Michelle Obama at State of the Union

From Dallas Morning News:

Dallas ‘dreamer’ to be guest of Michelle Obama at State of the Union


WASHINGTON — Dallas is the only home 21-year-old Ana Zamora has ever known. She moved from Mexico with her parents when she was just a year old. If not for President Barack Obama, they would all be at risk of deportation.

She thanked the president for adopting policies that keep her in the U.S., in a letter last fall. And on Tuesday, she’ll be sitting with first lady Michelle Obama at the State of the Union address — a living rebuke to Republicans intent on gutting his immigration policies.

Presidents have long used invitations to the first lady’s box to showcase heroes and issues at the annual address.

“I was blown away. I’m humbled,” Zamora said. “I never thought that a letter to the president would welcome me to the White House.”

This will be the first trip to Washington for the Northwood University senior, who is working on a degree in business administration. She expects to graduate in May, in part because of a 2012 order known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, that let her get work authorization, a driver’s license, a Social Security number and a sense of security.

“I feel truly thankful,” said Zamora, who works at a downtown hotel. “I don’t have to worry on a day-to-day basis what will happen to me for now.”