During her marathon eight-hour speech about DACA on Wednesday, House Minority Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave as an example a former University of Colorado Boulder student who served as a class president and graduated with a degree in finance.

Pelosi said that Marco Dorado, who came to the United States from Mexico when he was 3 years old, received protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals while he attended CU. She said the legal protection has allowed Dorado to begin his professional career while "contributing back to his community."

Dorado is currently the program coordinator for the Latino Leadership Institute at the University of Denver. He attended Thornton High School before attending CU.

Pelosi gave an eight-hour speech on Wednesday to pressure Republican law makers to allow a vote on protecting immigrants known informally as "Dreamers." Wearing 4-inch heels and foregoing any breaks, Pelosi started speaking at about 10 a.m. and yielded the floor at 6:11 p.m.

Pelosi said that Dorado's "beautiful story" is like that of other "Dreamers," a commitment to giving back to one's community but also one of leadership in school government, community activities and sports.

"Marco has demonstrated that," she said. "Typical of our Dreamers."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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