Alan Aleman (right) was invited by the White House following President Obama's immigration speech in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
During the president's State of The Union address Tuesday evening, a 20-year-old man was sitting among members of Congress and dignitaries while his proud family watched from across the nation.
In a small room in downtown Las Vegas, the Aleman family looked on with anticipation.
"My dad - he was next to me and was like, ‘That's my son!'" said Yadira Aleman, Alan Aleman's sister.
Alan Aleman was brought to the country illegally by his parents when he was a child. Currently, he is a student at the College of Southern Nevada, and his efforts to someday become a doctor led the president to mention him in his Las Vegas immigration speech last month.
Soon after the speech, Aleman - a member of DREAM Big Vegas, received an invitation to the State of The Union.
Yadira Aleman calls her brother an inspiration.
"Knowing he's my brother and he's doing this - it's even more - I don't have enough words to say how happy I am for him," she said after the address.
"Send me a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the next few months, and I will sign it right away and America will be better for it," President Barack Obama told the nation, which resulted in applause from the crowd gathered at the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada.
The group of about 40 people held onto the president's every word - with each issue resonating for at least some in the room.
"Our members of Congress need to recognize that people voted for the things (Obama) laid out today and what he laid out in his inauguration speech, and I think if people want to continue being members of Congress, they need to check themselves," said Laura Martin, communications director for PLAN.
Democrats and Republicans have shared differing views on several big issues, and individuals on both sides said they want the stalemate to end.
"It's all talk for me right now. It's been talk for the past four years," said Carl Bunce, vice chairman of the Clark County Republican Party, in response to the president's remarks.
Bunce told FOX5 following the State of The Union address that he wants to see action - especially when it comes to spending cuts and decisions in general.
"Is Congress going to follow the rules?" he wondered. "Is Congress going to adopt a budget? Is Congress actually going to address the things that need to be addressed?"
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