March 05, 2024


Valeria Delgado Is A First-Generation DACA Recipient, College Student Pursuing Career in Medicine

Photos of Valeria Available for Download HERE

SANTA ANA, Calif. — Today, Representatives Lou Correa (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Border Security and Enforcement Subcommittee, announced that he will be joined by Valeria Delgado, a first-generation DACA recipient, Orange resident, and student at Chapman University as his guest to President Biden’s State of the Union Address next week—to reaffirm his commitment to fighting for comprehensive immigration reform.


Valeria Delgado poses for an official headshot

“I’ve been hard at work this past year with my colleagues  for families back home on Main Street. I’ve been proud to help shepherd long overdue investments in our infrastructure, landmark legislation to lower the cost of insulin and tackle the climate crisis, and a comprehensive effort to bring manufacturing jobs back home,” Correa said. “But we have so much more to do, and Valeria highlights how much work we have left. She is a Dreamer, her family has been working hard contributing to our economy, and yet there is no path for her to achieve the American dream. We need meaningful immigration reform for Valeria and her family. I’m committed to keeping in the fight for our immigrant communities here in Orange County, and for DACA recipients like Valeria.” 


Valeria Delgado poses for family portrait alongside her brother, mother, and father

Valeria Delgado is a first-generation DACA recipient with proud roots from Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico. Her passion for the medical field continues to grow as she pursues her bachelor's degree in Health Sciences at Chapman University. Valeria is heavily involved both on campus and in her community, serving in multiple leadership and volunteer roles with organizations such as the American Red Cross, the Chapman First Aid Team, and the Children's Hospital of Orange County. In the future, Valeria hopes to pursue a career as a Physician Assistant (PA) and therefore, increase Latino representation in the medical community by becoming a part of the 7% of Latino PAs in the United States. 


Valeria Delgado presents research project alongside a colleague at Chapman University

"I am extremely grateful to join Congressman Correa at the State of the Union Address in support of the Dreamer community. The DACA program has given me countless opportunities that I never imagined could be possible,” Delgado said. “My hope is that this event serves as an inspiration to propel more individuals to stand with Congressman Correa in support of exceptional programs such as DACA which uplift our communities and ultimately, open the door of opportunity to hundreds of worthy individuals."