Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has announced that a college junior who came to the U.S. as an Iraqi refugee will accompany her to President Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress in Washington Wednesday night.
Tiba Faraj arrived in Massachusetts in 2010 from Iraq with her family, a statement on Warren’s website said. Faraj’s father was shot and left permanently disabled in 2006 while working for a U.S. backed development organization in Iraq.
The family then fled to Jordan and applied for refugee status in the U.S. Faraj became a U.S. citizen last year and majors in accounting with a minor in international relations at UMass Dartmouth.
“Tiba’s courage, resilience and optimism embody the very best of the American spirit. Our strength as a country is rooted in our diversity, and Tiba’s many contributions have made us that much stronger,” the senator said in a prepared statement.