Congresswoman Susan Davis Invites Daughter of Vietnamese Refugees as Guest to Presidential Address to Congress

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Washington, DC, February 27, 2017 | comments

To emphasize the contributions of immigrants and America’s history of welcoming refugees, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) has invited Quinn Dang, the daughter of refugees from Vietnam, to be her guest for President Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress. Fleeing an oppressive regime in Vietnam, Quinn and her family arrived in San Diego when she was six years old.

“Quinn’s story is like so many others who came to America seeking freedom and a better life,” said Rep. Davis. “I’m proud of the success she has achieved. Immigrants add to the rich tapestry that is America. Their contributions are millionfold. They should be welcomed with open arms, not scorned or demonized as the Trump Administration has done.”

"My family and I are tremendously grateful for courageous legislators like Congresswoman Davis who have fought to open the doors to new generations of immigrants and refugees,” said Quinn. “My dad worked the graveyard shift and my mother worked as a line cook, garment worker, and salon worker to support my brother and me. The refugees seeking entry today share the same hopes and dreams as my parents did--to build a better life and contribute back to the community - and we should embrace their courage and determination to succeed." 

Quinn’s father spent over five years in a Vietnamese prison camp because of his political beliefs. Quinn and her family came to the United States in 1993 as part of the Orderly Departure Program that allowed immigration from Vietnam. The family settled in San Diego where Quinn grew up.

Quinn entered school as a first grader not knowing a word of English. She was valedictorian at Mira Mesa High School and went on to get a degree from Harvard. After working in Davis’s congressional office in Washington, DC, she graduated Georgetown Law and is now working as a lawyer.

Congressional Democrats are inviting immigrants as their guests to the President’s speech before Congress to highlight the contributions of immigrants to America. 

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