Tuesday, September 21

Who is the Mexican that Joe Biden specially invited to his speech before Congress?

The president invited Javier Quiroz.

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The Mexican “dreamer” Javier Quiroz, who arrived irregularly in the United States at the age of three, and the teacher María Isabel Ballivian, which helps impoverished children, are among the guests of the US president, Joe Biden, to his speech tonight before Congress, although this year they will have to follow him remotely.

In the US, learn about the issues that a president will address during his annual speech to the Congress it is just as important as knowing who will be in the guest box.

Ronald Regan (1981-1989) first published his guest list in 1982 and all the presidents and first ladies have done the same since. This year could not be less.

However, due to the covid-19 pandemic, attendance will be restricted and the guests of the ruler and the first lady, Jill Biden, they will have to remotely follow the event, the White House reported in a statement on Wednesday.

Therefore, Biden is expected to make no allusions to his guests during the address. It is tradition that the guests represent the priorities of the Administration and that the president tells his story of personal struggle in some moments of the speech that are usually especially emotional.

This year, the guests also symbolize the priorities of the ruler. Biden plans to hint at his immigration reform bill and announce an ambitious $ 1.8 trillion welfare plan that includes an expansion of free public education.

Specifically, the White House was in charge of highlighting that one of the guests is Quiroz, originally from Mexico and who arrived irregularly in the US when he was three years old.

Grew up in Nashville (Tennessee), studied nursing and, in 2012, he was eligible for the program IF that the then president Barack Obama proclaimed to stop deportation and give a temporary work permit to hundreds of thousands of undocumented youth known as “dreamers.”

He now lives in Houston (Texas) and has been “on the front line” in the fight against coronavirus, highlighted the White House.

Another of the protagonists will be the teacher María Isabel Ballivian, executive director of a center that helps 200 impoverished minors in Fairfax County, Virginia.

In addition, the Bidens have invited a young African American Tatiana Washington, 20-year-old who has participated in the ambitious campaign for gun regulation known as the “March for Our Lives” founded by students at a Parkland, Florida high school after losing some of their classmates in a shootout.

Washington has also participated in protests of the movement “Black Lives Matter”(Black lives matter) in the state of Wisconsin, where he lives.

The list is completed Stella Keating, 16, who in March of this year became the first transgender woman to testify in front of a Senate committee.

And finally, Theron Rutyna, who is leading a campaign to bring the internet to indigenous tribes in Wisonsin and other rural areas.

Keep reading: Moving message from Jill Biden: “My heart goes out to the people of Puerto Rico”


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