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How Two Formerly Undocumented Immigrants Got Elected to Congress

Whether a historical coincidence or political fate, the same election that brought Donald Trump to the White House also brought two formerly undocumented immigrants to the Capitol Building.

by Alex Thompson
Oct 5 2017, 2:00pm

For the first time in American history, a formerly undocumented immigrant is serving in Congress. In fact, there are two.

Whether a historical coincidence or political fate, the same election that brought Donald Trump—the most nativist national political candidate since perhaps the "Know-Nothing" party ran Millard Fillmore in 1856—to the White House also brought two formerly undocumented immigrants to the Capitol Building.

"Take that, Donald Trump!" Rep. Adriano Espaillat of New York told the Democratic National Convention last summer in a reference to his former undocumented status, a line he repeated with glee in person last week.

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