Aldo Alán Solano Mendéz is an illegal immigration activist. He is a board member for Farmworker Housing Development Corporation (FHDC).
On his personal website, Aldo Solano writes:
- "Hola! My name is Aldo Alán Solano Mendéz. I was born in the state Colima, México. When I was 6 years old, my parents decided to immigrate to the United States in search of the illustrious American Dream. Once here, they started working in different seasonal jobs in the agricultural industry. From picking berries under the scorching sun, to processing Christmas trees in bone chilling winters, my parents worked tirelessly day in and day out, all while enduring different types of oppression and discrimination. Seeing how much they struggled to make ends meet every month motivated me to get involved in my community and fight for farmworker families.
- "When I was 15 years old, I started volunteering at the Cipriano Ferrel Education Center's after school program, helping youth with their homework and running other extracurricular activities. Upon graduation from high school in 2011, I became an intern for the Funds Development department at Farmworker Housing Development Corporation. Since then, I have been actively involved with various organizations within the CAPACES network such as CLI, Causa, LUS, and PCUN.
- "Currently, I am working for Accion Politica PCUNista as a Field Organizer where I'm helping build Latinx Political power that can bring real and equitable change to my community. As I look to the future, I hope that I can continue to grow as an organizer/leader and eventually find what my role in the social justice movement is."
Leads DREAMERS from NYC to D.C.
- "Dreamers and allies from Oregon and other U.S. cities landed in NYC in mid-February to embark on an emotional journey to demand equal rights. Aldo Solano, FHDC Board Member, is one of the outspoken leaders and has been documenting the journey on social media through live video, photos and shared posts from supporters and other dreamers. The Dreamers trudged snow, wind and conservative voting districts in a truly historical moment for many in our communities."
2018 State of the Union Address
Several DACA recipients, including Aldo Solano, were invited to President Trump's 2018 State of the Union Address:
- Kamala Harris brought Denea Joseph, communications coordinator for the UndocuBlack Network.
- Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden brought Daysi Bedolla.
- Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo brought Adrian Escarate.
- Illinois Rep. Bill Foster brought Ana Campa Castillo.
- Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly brought Nicolle Uria.
- Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer boycotted the event, but sent Aldo Solano.
- Oregon Rep. Jeff Merkley brought Leonardo Reyes.
- Oregon Rep. Suzanne Bonamici brought Miriam Vargas Corona.
- Oregon Rep. Kurt Schrader brought Juan Carlos Navarro.
- New York Rep. Nita Lowey brought Hugo Alexander Acosta Mazariego.
- Kentucky Rep. John Yarmuth brought Leo Salinas Chacon.
- California Rep. Judy Chu brought Jung Bin Cho.
- New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker brought Elizabeth Vilchis
DACA recipients and illegal immigration advocates include: Karen Bahena (DACA recipient), Jessica Chilin-Hernandez (Salvadoran TPS holder), Cindy Garcia (wife of deported Jorge Garcia), Aldo Solano (Dreamer), Viviana Andazola Marquez (father was detained by ICE), Hugo Alexander Acosta Mazariego (Dreamer), Nicolle Uria (Dreamer), Leonardo Reyes, (Dreamer), Jung Bin Cho (Dreamer), Nery Martinez (TPS holder), Leo Salinas Chacon (Dreamer), Antonio Valdovinos (Dreamer who was denied entry to the U.S. Marine Corps), Diego de la Vega (Dreamer and congressional intern), Edenilson Granados (TPS holder), Denea Joseph (UndocuBlack Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipient), Adrian Escarate (Dreamer), Ana Campa Castillo (Dreamer), Amy Gottlieb (wife of detained immigration activist Ravi Ragbir), Elizabeth Vilchis (DACA recipient), Itayu Torres (DACA recipient), Christian Castaneda (DACA recipient), Melody Klingenfuss (DACA recipient), Leticia Herrera-Mendez (DACA recipient), Leslie Martinez (DACA recipient), Anarely Marquez (DACA recipient), Cesar Montelongo (DACA recipient), Gabriela Hernandez (DACA recipient), Esder Chong (DACA recipient), Dalia Medina (DACA recipient), Ivonne Orozco-Acosta (DACA recipient), Nelson Melgar (DACA recipient), America Moreno Jimenez (DACA recipient), Bennet Omalu (immigrant from Nigeria, who discovered Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy), Brandon Judd (president of the National Border Patrol Council), Jean Bradley Derenoncourt (Brockton City Council member, immigrant from Haiti, who recently became a U.S. citizen).
- [http://www.accionpoliticapcunista.org/aldo-solano.html?lang=en , Accessed January 30 2018
- [http://fhdc.org/2018/03/aldo-solano-of-woodburn-leads-dreamers-from-nyc-to-d-c/ Aldo Solano of Woodburn leads DREAMERS from NYC to D.C., Accessed January 30 2018
- [http://people.com/politics/democrats-dreamers-guests-trump-state-of-the-union-address/ These Democrats Are Bringing 'Dreamers' to President Trump's State of the Union Address, Accessed January 30 2018
- [https://www.harris.senate.gov/news/press-releases/senator-harris-to-bring-california-undocublack-daca-recipient-to-state-of-the-union Senator Harris to Bring California UndocuBlack DACA Recipient to State of the Union, Accessed January 30 2018
- [https://twitter.com/SenBooker/status/958047061554933765, Accessed January 30 2018
- [http://fortune.com/2018/01/30/guests-attending-trumps-state-union-address/ Here Are the Notable Guests Attending Donald Trump's State of the Union Address, Accessed January 30 2018