President Trump delivers first State of the Union: “I call upon all of us to set aside our differences”
WASHINGTON DC — “So let us begin tonight by recognizing that the state of our union is strong, because our people are strong.”
President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address before a joint US Congress.
In a conciliatory tone, he called for unity in a clearly divided Congress.
“Tonight, I call upon all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground, and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people we were elected to serve.”
The President touted his administration’s gains since he took office.
“We have created 2.4 million new jobs, including 200,000 new jobs in manufacturing alone. Unemployment claims have hit a 45-year low.”
But NPR’s Fact Check shows, most of these gains have steadily improved even before Trump’s presidency, during the time of his predecessor Barack Obama.
Meanwhile, Trump’s biggest policy change — a four-pillared proposal to overhaul the US immigration system.
First, good news for the undocumented — 1.8 million Dreamers, including Filipino Dreamers, those who were brought to the US by their parents as undocumented children — may soon have a pathway to citizenship.
“Under our plan, those who meet education and work requirements, and show good moral character, will be able to become full citizens of the United States — over a 12-year period.”
The downside –Ttrump is proposing to replace the current family-based petitions with a merit-based immigration system to stop what he calls chain migration.
“Under our plan, we focus on the immediate family by limiting sponsorships to spouses and minor children.”
Lumped in Trump’s proposed immigration fix — an end to the visa lottery system, and his promised “big and beautiful” $25 billion wall, a possible deal breaker for Democrats.
As he delivered the Democratic party’s response to Trump’s State of the Union address, Massachusetts congressman Joe Kennedy the third switched from English to Spanish, to send a message of support to young undocumented immigrants caught in the crossfire of the immigration debate.
“And to all the Dreamers watching tonight, let me be clear: ustedes son parte de nuestra historia. Vamos a luchar por ustedes y no nos vamos a alejar.”