Elizabeth Warren invites Iraqi refugee to watch Trump's speech to Congress
Sen. Elizabeth Warren has attacked President Donald Trump for months, and she's using his first major address to Congress as an opportunity to do so again.
Warren has taken aim at Trump's travel ban by inviting an Iraqi refugee to be her guest to Trump's address on Tuesday night.
The address will be similar to a State of the Union address typically given by presidents in January after at least one year in office. As with a State of the Union speech, lawmakers and a handful of other noteworthy figures from both parties can bring guests to accompany them during the speech.
Warren is hosting Tiba Faraj, an Iraqi-born refugee, who became a U.S. citizen last year. She's a student at UMass-Dartmouth in Warren's home state of Massachusetts. Faraj came to the U.S. with her family after her father was shot and disabled while working for an American-backed organization in 2006, according to Warren's office.
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"The Faraj family later fled to Jordan, where they began the lengthy process of applying for refugee status," the senator's team stated in a press release. "After extensive screening, they were granted admission to the United States in 2010 and settled in the Commonwealth. The Faraj family currently resides in Boston, Mass."
Warren has been an outspoken critic of the president's travel ban, which temporarily barred refugees from seven countries with Muslim-majority populations from coming to the United States, until the executive order itself was blocked by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this month.
The Trump administration has defended the order as a key tool in the administration's national security arsenal. Various polls have revealed conflicting sentiments, with some suggesting the ban was popular and others suggesting a majority disapprove of it.