At least two people with ties to South Florida were invited as special guests to attend President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday night.
U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Miami, invited Mayra Rubio Limon, a college freshman studying business at MiamiDadeCollege and DREAMer from Homestead. She is an undocumented immigrant who qualified for President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The program allows young adults brought to the country illegally before their 16th birthday to delay deportation for at least two years. The Mexican native has spent years working in the fields picking zucchini and other produce alongside her older brother and parents, who now run a produce stand in Homestead. Her 11-year-old sister is a U.S. Citizen.
Carlos Arredondo, formerly of Hollywood. He was captured in an iconic photograph during the Boston Marathon bombing rushing Jeff Bauman to safety. In 2004, three Marines showed up at Arredondo’s house on Tyler Street in Hollywood to tell him his son had been killed in Iraq. He “went insane” by his own account, smashing the Marines’ windshield with a sledgehammer, dousing their van with gasoline and setting it — and himself — ablaze. He spent 10 months hospitalized and had to attend his son’s funeral on a stretcher. He was not charged with any crime.