The widow of conservative judge Antonin Scalia and the wives of two police officers killed by an illegal immigrant were among the guests Donald Trump's guests as the president made his first address to Congress.
Meanwhile Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi invited the undocumented immigration rights activist Jose Antonio Vargas as her guest, while Democrats have asked DREAMer Astrid Silva to speak as part of the party's rebuttal to Trump's speech.
It was Scalia who Trump acknowledged first, as he said her 'late, great husband' would 'forever be a symbol of American justice.'
Maureen Scalia, the wife of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, was one of President Donald Trump's guest at tonight's joint address to Congress
Maureen Scalia briefly stood and was recognized by the president as he spoke of her husband and his Supreme Court pick to fill the Scalia seat, Judge Neil Gorsuch
Maureen Scalia was recognized early in President Donald Trump's speech Tuesday night, as he called her husband 'a symbol of American justice'
Maureen McCarthy Scalia (pictured left following her husband's casket in February last year) will be among the president's guests in Congress. Judge Scalia (right) died last year
Trump invited Jessica Davis (pictured right, at her husband's funeral) to today's speech to Congress
Guests of the president included Susan Oliver (center), pictured at the funeral of husband Danny Oliver, a police officer who was killed by an illegal immigrant
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi invited Jose Antonio Vargas, an undocumented activist and former Washington Post writer, to be her guest at tonight's address
Trump also invited Jamiel Shaw, Sr (left), whose son Jamiel (right) was shot and killed by gang member Pedro Espinoza, who was in the country illegally in 2008
'To fill his seat we have chosen Judge Neil Gorsuch a man of incredible skill and deep devotion to the law,' Trump said. 'He was confirmed unanimously for the court of appeals and I am asking the Senate swiftly approve his nomination.'
Scalia was also present when Trump announced that federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch, seen as an ideological successor to her husband, was the president's choice to succeed him on the Supreme Court.
Also looking to his invited guests, Trump announced, 'joining us in the audience are four Americans whose government has failed them.'
He invited Jessica Davis and Susan Oliver, whose husbands, California police officers Michael Davis Jr. and Danny Oliver, were killed in the line of duty in 2014 by a man living in the country illegally.
'They were pillars of their community,' Trump said. 'These brave men were viciously gunned down by an illegal immigrant with a criminal record and two prior