Linda Sánchez Invites Dreamer from Montebello to the State of the Union

February 4, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DCU.S. Representative Linda Sánchez (CA-38), Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Immigration Task Force, today announced that she will be taking Diana Laureano Leon of Montebello, CA as her guest to the State of the Union:

Rep. Linda Sánchez

“I am pleased to welcome Diana to the U.S. Capitol for the State of the Union. It is important for President Trump to see the faces of Dreamers who have lived in the United States almost their entire lives, have integrated into our communities, and have become a part of our American fabric. Dreamers like Diana symbolize the American spirit. Her life’s story is about perseverance and hard work.

“Diana is a leader and advocate for the undocumented community and, like hundreds of thousands of other Dreamers all across the country, deserves the opportunity to have a legal path towards citizenship. Her presence at the State of the Union is an important reminder that America has always been a land of opportunity for all who want to work hard and contribute to the success of our country. It is vital that we never forget our shared core values, especially as some politicians try to use hate and lies to divide us.”

Diana Laureano Leon

“I came to the U.S. when I was about 4,5 years old. I grew up in a low-income community filled with violence and from early on knew of my undocumented status. At a young age, I was not aware of what being undocumented meant, but little by little I became aware of the boundaries that came with being undocumented. I knew I was limited on what I could do and came to believe that college would never be an option for me due to my status and family income.

“Still, I had become extremely passionate about helping others because of everything I had gone through growing up and all that I had seen affecting our world. I became heavily involved in community service throughout high school and it became my passion; however, it was not until college that I became more involved in social justice and advocacy.

“Growing up, I often felt alone and restricted on what I could do because of my status. I was made to believe that politics was of importance to me because I could not even vote. I was made to believe that college was inaccessible. For so long, I was made to believe that my voice did not matter because of my status, but I found my voice when I began to truly see the social injustice that plagued the world.

“In college, I discovered that my voice mattered. I discovered I could help out our community not just by giving back, but also through advocacy. I became heavily involved in political advocacy because I realized how those who were voted in to represent the people, never listened to the people. I decided to become president of my undocumented club at Rio Hondo, Students Without Borders, then Legislative Affairs Chair of Associated Students of Rio Hondo, a steering member of the California Dream Network, and Student Trustee of Rio Hondo College in order to further advocate for the undocumented community.”

Rep. Linda T. Sánchez represents California’s 38th Congressional District. She is a member of the Ways and Means Committee and has previously served as Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus in the 115th Congress and the Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.