This is an honor bestowed on people who provide a human face for the liberal agenda that President Obama will lay out. Ana is the face of Obama's executive amnesty, which conservative Republicans call an affront to the U.S. Constitution.
The White House describes Ana as a "letter writer, student, DREAMer." She was brought here illegally as a child by parents who were themselves illegal aliens, and that's exactly why she's being honored by the White House.
If President Obama has his way, Ana and her parents will never be deported. They will be among the millions of "undocumented immigrants" who are allowed to stay in this country, something that is contrary to current law, but in accordance with directives issued by President Obama after Congress refused to enact his immigration plan.
Acting unilaterally in November, Obama instructed U.S. immigration officials not to deport illegal aliens who have been in the U.S. for more than five years; who have children who are American citizens or legal residents; and who pass a criminal background check and pay back taxes.
"You can come out of the shadows and get right with the law," Obama promised. This presidential directive would apply to Ana's parents.
Two years earlier, President Obama unilaterally changed immigration policy for young people like Ana with his "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)" program. He said they could register with the U.S. government without fear of deportation and get work permits.
Ana now lives in Dallas, Texas, has a job, and is finishing her last year at Northwood University.
She is one of the people who will be singled out by Obama tonight because she wrote him a letter.
“As with any other dreamer, my parents came to this country with a dream of a better future for their children,” Ana wrote to the president in September.
"And through the Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Ana is closer than ever to fulfilling those dreams," the White House said in announcing tonight's guest list.
"In 2012, she qualified and was granted temporary relief and work authorization –- an opportunity Ana credits with getting a job in line with her career path and a better livelihood while finishing up her last year at Northwood University in Texas. Ana’s life has fundamentally changed for the better as a result of DACA.
"And because she has siblings who are U.S. citizens, her parents, a small business owner and a construction worker, are among the millions of people who are potentially eligible for the new Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program announced by the President last November."
According to the White House, Ana is now helping other "fellow students" apply for relief through DACA: "After college Ana hopes to continue her studies and attend graduate school. She will also remain committed to supporting young students looking for an opportunity like she’s been afforded.
"Ana celebrated her first birthday in the U.S. and as she wrote the President, 'The United States is my country. It is where I grew up, took my first steps, learned to read, write, play, graduated from high school, and will graduate from college.'"
The U.S. House of Representatives last week approved a Department of Homeland Security funding bill that prohibits the Executive Branch from taking action to carry out the unilateral amnesty for illegal aliens that President Barack Obama ordered in November.
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