During his first address prime-time address to Congress, President Donald Trump will bolster his agenda with some of the guests accompanying him to Tuesday night’s event — the widow of Justice Antonin Scalia and three families who have been victims of violence by undocumented immigrants.
Maureen McCarthy Scalia, the widow of Justice Scalia, is slated to attend the event, the White House announced late Monday. Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch last month to replace Scalia, who died in February 2016. Last year, Republicans in Congress blocked President Barack Obama’s pick, Merrick Garland, which has left Democrats upset and fighting against Trump’s pick.
According to the White House, Trump also invited surviving family members of three people who were the victims of violence at the hands of undocumented immigrants.
Jessica Davis and Susan Oliver are the widows of California police officers Detective Michael Davis and Deputy Sheriff Danny Oliver, who were killed in 2014 by an undocumented immigrant. The two officers have a bill named after them, which aims to increase cooperation between federal and local officials to enforce federal immigration laws.
In addition, Jamiel Shaw Sr., whose son, Jamiel Jr., was shot to death in 2008 in Los Angeles by an undocumented immigrant, was also invited. Shaw spoke at the Republican National Convention in July.
Several Democratic lawmakers had previously announced they are bring undocumented immigrants to Tuesday night’s address.
Trump also invited 20-year-old Megan Crowley, whose father founded a pharmaceutical start-up, Novazyme Pharmaceuticals, after she was diagnosed with Pompe disease at 15 months old. She is now a sophomore at Notre Dame University.
Denisha Merriweather, a student who struggled with her school work until she applied for the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program that allowed her to go to a private school, will also be in attendance. She was, the White House said, the first member of her family to graduate from high school and college.