-- Several House Democrats will bring Dreamers as guests to next Tuesday's State of the Union Address, a move that comes as the White House announced it will present a new immigration framework to Congress Monday that offers a pathway to citizenship for as many as 1.8 million children brought to the U.S. illegally.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer announced Thursday night that Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., will deliver the Democratic response to Trump's address to Congress. Virginia Del. Elizabeth Guzman will deliver the Spanish-language response.
Other Democrats, however, will not be in attendance next Tuesday. Rep. John Lewis said he would not attend after Trump made his controversial remarks about people from "s---hole" countries coming to the United States.
Pelosi’s office slammed the president’s immigration proposal Thursday as did Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez, a fervent advocate for immigrants who is bringing a Dreamer as his guest.
Six other Democrats are bringing guests related to the immigration debate, mostly people who have had a family member deported.
Rep. Debbie Dingell is bringing Cindy Garcia, the wife of a man deported last week.
Jorge Garcia, a UAW worker and father of two, was “brought to this country as a child by his parents, never so much as had a parking ticket,” Dingell told ABC News. “I have been trying to help this family for some time.”
She added bringing a guest affected by the immigration debate puts a “human face” on the issue. “This isn't a war of words between Republicans and Democrats -- it is real people's lives,” she said.
Rep. Suzan DelBene is bringing Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, the CEO of Moms Rising, as her guest.
And Congress is still dealing with the fallout from allegations of sexual harassment by some members and the criticism lawmakers have faced for using taxpayer money to pay for settlements.
The #MeToo and Times UP movement took a prominent role at another high-profile event earlier this month when actresses wore black to the Golden Globes in support of sexual assault victims. Several of the women brought prominent women rights activists as their dates.
While the president is likely to mention immigration reform and hope for Dreamers in his address next week, it’s less likely he would mention the #MeToo movement. Both issues will likely be major ones in this year’s mid-term election, which is seeing large numbers of women run for the House and Senate.
John Parkinson, Ali Rogin, and Mariam Kahn contributed to this report.