Denea Joseph

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Denea Joseph

Denea Joseph is an illegal immigration activist and communications coordinator for the UndocuBlack Network, which is closely allied with NAKASEC.

2018 State of the Union Address

Several DACA recipients, including Denea Joseph, were invited to President Trump's 2018 State of the Union Address:[1]


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).[4]

From Vogue

Before Harris heads to the Capitol, she must first stop by her office to welcome the date she’s bringing along, a DACA recipient named Denea Joseph, who emigrated from Belize at the age of seven and grew up in South Los Angeles. (She cofounded a Facebook group called “Slay, Kamala, Slay.”) At Harris’s office, Joseph is waiting on a beige couch, wearing a graphic-print blouse, black slacks, and heels. Harris settles down next to her while an aide runs through Joseph’s lineup of media interviews. “It’s about you, but it’s not about you,” Harris says to calm her nerves. “Think of all the people who are counting on you to deliver your message.” Before they leave, Joseph asks to take a selfie with the senator. I pretend not to be listening as Joseph, fumbling with her phone, tells Harris: “You’re my Beyoncé.”[5]

Homeboy connection

Zoe Ghertner interviewed Kamala Harris in L.A., at a charter school in Boyle Heights co-run by Homeboy Industries, the gang-intervention organization founded by Father Gregory Boyle. Harris has known Boyle, a revered figure in L.A., since her D.A. days, and Homeboy Industries later became a primary partner in her effort to bring Back on Track to other cities.

"Today she is here to meet with a group of Dreamers and to be photographed for this profile. Among the people milling around are Harris’s campaign manager, Juan Rodriguez, and her State of the Union date, Denea Joseph. Shortly after eleven, everyone gathers in the parking lot, in front of a large mural that says “Jobs Not Jails.”[6]

Comments on President Trump

Denea Joseph Tweet

Denea Joseph tweeted about President Trump on numerous occasions.

On January 20 2018, Denea Joseph tweeted:

"President Trump and his Republican party just shut down the government to advance their anti-immigrant agenda. Let’s be clear: this is the #TrumpShutdown. Call Congress and ask for the #DreamActNow! #TrumpShutdown #RepublicanShutDown #GOPShutdown"

On January 11 2018, Denea Joseph tweeted:

Denea Joseph Tweet
"Trump is racist, xenophobic, islamophobic, sexist, and an agent of white supremacy. Therefore, his comments about Haiti and African countries as “shithole countries” are no surprise. It’s simply a reminder that he can say and do whatever he wants and remain in office."

On September 5 2017, Denea Joseph tweeted that "ignorant Trump supporters" believe that DACA recipients receive federal aid for university tuition.

Denea Joseph Tweet


  1. [ These Democrats Are Bringing 'Dreamers' to President Trump's State of the Union Address, Accessed January 30 2018
  2. [ Senator Harris to Bring California UndocuBlack DACA Recipient to State of the Union, Accessed January 30 2018
  3. [, Accessed January 30 2018
  4. [ Here Are the Notable Guests Attending Donald Trump's State of the Union Address, Accessed January 30 2018
  5. [ Vogue Kamala Harris Is Dreaming Big MARCH 19, 2018 4:00 AM by ABBY AGUIRRE]
  6. [ Vogue Kamala Harris Is Dreaming Big MARCH 19, 2018 4:00 AM by ABBY AGUIRRE]