This DACA Woman Could Be The First Dreamer Elected To The DNC
You may say she's a dreamer but she's not the only one.
Ellie Perez, originally of Veracruz, Mexico, could be appointed to the Democratic National Committee. If elected, she would be the first undocumented member in history, allowing her to take part in the 2020 presidential nominating process. Perez was nominated by a DNC member allowing her contribution to take place over a four year span, including the next presidential election cycle. How she has the stamina to withstand politics for four years, is beyond me.
Perez told Refinery29, “This nomination, this appointment to the DNC says so much about our party. We’re the party of opportunity, we’re the party of the people, we’re the party of change, and we’re the party of hope. We’re embracing the diversity of America and I think that’s the most important part.”
Perez’s nomination is timely. The repeal of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will directly affect Perez. Her parents brought her from Mexico to Arizona when she was four years old and in 2012 she obtained her DACA permit. She went on to work for Phoenix City Councilwoman Kate Gallego, who is now running for mayor the city. In 2016, Perez joined the Hillary campaign. She directly benefits from the Obama-era plan.
Questions, Comments, and Concerns
Some people are critiquing the DNC, asking themselves, how can someone who is ineligible to vote, become a super delegate? A nomination like Perez brings forth more conversation regarding illegal immigration, the DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) act, and Trump’s repeal of DACA.