Congressional candidate Mike Levin gave a 7 1/2-minute talk before Bernie Sanders took the stage.
Mike Levin. Photo by Chris Stone

Rep. Mike Levin announced Monday he will bring Lucero Sanchez, a “Dreamer” who is a UC San Diego student, to the State of the Union address on Tuesday.

“Generations of immigrants have come to America from all over the world in search of freedom, safety, and a better life for their children,” said Levin. “Our nation is stronger when we welcome immigrants and treat them with dignity.”

Levin said Sanchez, who worked as an intern in his congressional campaign, is “living proof of the enormous value that immigrants add to our country.” He called President Trump’s actions on immigration “immoral and flat out wrong.”

Sanchez says she is interested in pursuing a career in politics despite her uncertain status. She is among an estimated 1.8 million Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States by their parents at a young age. Many only speak English, and know no other country.

“As a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipient, I am not allowed to vote or work in government, but that won’t stop me from contributing to this country that I love,” she said.

“I am honored to be Rep. Levin’s guest at the State of the Union, and I am grateful for his work to raise the voices of everyone he represents,” she added.

Levin, who was elected in November to succeed Darrell Issa, represents north coast San Diego and south Orange counties.

Earlier, fellow Democratic Rep. Susan Davis announced Eric Schlumpf as her guest for the State of the Union address.

Schlumpf is a federal employee who was furloughed during the 35-day government shutdown, missing two paychecks. For 25 years, he has served with a number of agencies in Washington, D.C. and San Diego. He now works as the budget officer for the Cleveland National Forest.

“Eric is one of the millions of Americans who work for the federal government because of their commitment to serving their country and fellow Americans,” Davis said in a statement. “I’m proud to have Eric in the House chamber to show the real-life impact government shutdowns have on our friends and neighbors.”

Schlumpf had written to Davis about how the shutdown was impacting him and his family. During the shutdown, he said he was “actively following the developments impacting not only my life, but certainly critical issues facing our nation as a whole,” Democrat Davis said.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.