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Las Vegas Activist To Make Democratic Response Following Trump Speech


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Astrid Silva of PLAN speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016.

President Donald Trump is giving a joint address to Congress tonight.

The president is expected to lay out how he plans to begin a "renewal of the American spirit," according NPR. You can listen to the president's speech and analysis starting at 6 p.m. at 88.9 KNPR or use our live stream

Right after the president's speech, Democrats will air a response. One of them will be given by former Kentucky governor Steve Beshear.

The other will be given by Las Vegas community activist and Dreamer, Astrid Silva. The 28-year-old Silva came to the U.S. with her parents at age 4 and has lived in Las Vegas since she was 5.

Silva has spoken several times on the national stage about her family's situation, but this time she was more concerned.

She told KNPR's State of Nevada before she left for Washington, D.C. that she wanted to make sure her family was going to be okay. While she is still covered under Pres. Obama's executive order known as DACA, or deferred action for childhood arrivals, and her brother is an American citizen, both of her parents are undocumented.

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“I think what the most important thing for me was making sure that it was the right thing for my family,“ she said.

Silva said during her speech tonight, which she is giving in Spanish, she wants all families to understand what is going on in the undocumented community around the country. 

Not only does she want people who are in similar situations as her own to hear what she has to say, but those people who think she should be sent back to her home country.

“I hope that they understand that we really need to make sure as a country… we find a solution to this problem,” she said.

Silva isn't just going to speak about immigration, although that is one of the most important issues to her, she also plans on addressing women's' rights, climate change and rights of the LGBTQ community. 

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)


Astrid Silva, activists and Dreamer

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