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Pallone Invites Highland Park Dreamer as State of the Union Guest

January 29, 2018
Press Release

Long Branch, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) has invited Esder Chong, a DACA recipient from Highland Park, NJ as his guest for the State of the Union on January 30th 2018. Esder came to the United States with her family when she was just 6 years old. She is currently a sophomore at Rutgers University, Newark.

Congressman Pallone has been a leader in calling for a solution to the DACA crisis and is cosponsor of the Dream Act. which would offer a path to legal status to young individuals who entered the United States before the age of 18, passed security checks, and met other criteria, including enrolling in college. It would also include protection for DACA participants whose status will expire before March 5.

“Esder is an outstanding scholar athlete who is an asset to her community and to her classmates,” said Pallone. “She is exactly the type of young person we should be encouraging and supporting, not deporting. New Jersey is Esder’s home and she shouldn’t live in fear because of partisanship and procrastination in Congress. I’m proud to have her as my guest at the State of the Union and I deeply appreciate her courage in telling her story.”

Esder and Congressman Pallone will be available for interviews on Tuesday before the State of the Union. Media should reach out to