Dreamers, sexual assault victims, San Juan mayor among Democrat guests for State of the Union

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Monday, January 29, 2018
Dreamers, #MeToo leaders among State of the Union guests
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Dreamers and supporters of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements are among the guests that will attend the State of the Union.

Democrats hope to bring attention to immigration, sexual assault and Puerto Rico's ongoing recovery from Hurricane Maria through their guest list for President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address.

At least 24 House Democrats committed to bring DACA recipients known as Dreamers to the State of the Union, according to a list provided to ABC News. About 70 democratic lawmakers said they will bring sexual assault victims or women activists in support of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements.

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will bring San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, a critic to the government's response in aiding hurricane-damaged Puerto Rico.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Michigan Rep. Debbie Dingell committed to bringing Cindy Garcia, the wife of Jorge Garcia, a man who was deported to Mexico after living in the U.S. for 30 years. Jorge, a father of two, was brought to the U.S. at the age of 10.

New Jersey Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman will bring Rose Gunter in honor of her late aunt Recy Taylor, a black woman who was raped by six white men in 1944. Taylor bravely identified her attackers, but the men were not charged by two grand juries, in spite of a confession by one of the men, according to the New York Times.

Taylor died on December 29, 2017, at the age of 97. Her name was recently placed in the spotlight after Oprah Winfrey shared her story during her acceptance speech for the lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes.

Two congressmen will bring transgender veterans in protest of Trump's transgender military ban. Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy has committed to bringing Army Staff Sgt. Patricia King and California Congressman Jared Huffman said he will bring Marine Corps veteran Lynda Bengtsson-Davis. Kennedy will deliver the Democratic response following Trump's speech.

Bill Nye, a critic of the Trump administration's environmental polices, will be the guest of Rep. Jim Bridenstine R-OK, Trump's nominee to head up NASA. Berdenstine, known for his past comments dismissing man-made causes for global warming, has developed a relationship with Nye, who said he is enjoying a "productive working relationship" with the congressman.

The president's special guests include small business owners, hurricane and wildfire first responders, veterans and two families whose young daughters were murdered by the MS-13 gang.