Rep. Pingree Invites Maine 'Dreamer' to State of the Union Address

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PORTLAND, Maine (WMTW)- Immigration is one of the big topics President Trump will hit Tuesday night during his first State of the Union address.

Christian Castaneda, a so-called Dreamer from Portland will be on Capitol Hill for the President's speech.

He's attending as a guest of democratic congresswoman Chellie Pingree.

Castaneda came here when he was four. He didn't know he was in the United States illegally until he applied for his first job at 16.

He and his sister are among the 800,000 so-called Dreamers who could face deportation in March.

"That means that I would go back to a place that I don't remember anything of... going back to a place that's a little bit dangerous with all of the gang violence over there still as well," said Christian Castaneda, Dreamer from Portland.

Recently, Castaneda started lobbying congress to work with President Trump towards a bipartisan solution to the nation's immigration problems.

That's how he got paired up with Congresswoman Pingree. She invited him to be her State of the Union guest on Friday.

"This is a great opportunity for me to go back again and fight not just for myself but for other people in the situation as I am," said Castaneda.

Castandeda says he's dubious about the mixed messages coming from the President over DACA.

"One day he's on our side; the next day, he isn't, so it's very confusing."

Castaneda says he wants to become a legal U.S. citizen so he can enlist in the military. We asked him what American means to him.

"America means my country, the place that I'm willing to give my life for and serve in the military one day, and it's just my home. This is the only place I know, and this is my country."