Lowey Announces Local Dreamer as Guest for State of the Union

January 25, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, today announced that Dreamer and Pearl River resident Hugo Alexander Acosta Mazariego will be her guest at next week’s State of the Union Address.

“I want to be clear: Dreamers are Americans,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “They contribute to our economy, our communities, and our strength and stability as a nation. Hugo is no exception. When I read Hugo’s letter to my office, I was inspired by his life’s story, his courage to speak out, and his love for the United States. And I know he will inspire and energize other young Americans facing an uncertain future. I am proud to have him as my guest at the State of the Union Address, and I look forward to continuing to fight for the safety and security of Hugo and the 800,000 other Dreamers this Administration is holding captive with the threat of deportation.”

“Life in El Salvador, where I was born, was dangerous and brutal, which is why my father moved us to America in 2005,” said Acosta Mazariego. “I am grateful every day for all the opportunities presented to me here. I feel it is so important to continue achieving, setting goals, and giving back to my community. It would break my heart to lose my home and my life here in New York.”

Acosta Mazariego came to the United States from El Salvador in 2005 at the age of 15 and attended school in Ramapo, New York. He currently resides in Pearl River with his wife and works as a technology specialist at Apple.

Lowey invited Acosta Mazariego to join her at the State of the Union after receiving a letter from him requesting a meeting to discuss the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an Obama-era program that protects certain young undocumented immigrants—known as Dreamers—from deportation. In September 2017, President Trump announced his plan to end the program, putting 800,000 Dreamers at risk of deportation. Acosta Mazariego’s DACA status expires in November.