State of the Union

President Trump delivers his first State of the Union address.

Source: USA Today

Source: USA Today

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On Tuesday, Jan. 30 President Donald Trump conducted his first State of the Union address which highlighted the stories of many Americans over the past year.

Trump began the address with acknowledgements of all the natural disasters the country has endured over the past year and stating early on in the address that, “we have seen the beauty of America’s soul, and the steel in America’s spine.”

He then went on to identifying the accomplishments of his administration within the past year. According to Trump, his administration has created 2.4 million jobs, helped they unemployment rates to reach a 45-year low (with African-American and Hispanic American unemployment being at an all-time low), small businesses confidence being at an all time high and they have enacted the largest tax cuts reforms in U.S. history.

Trump then went on to tell the stories of multiple Americans. He connected each of these stories with important social and political causes that the country is currently facing.

Throughout the speech, he highlighted Preston Sharp, Kayla Cuevas, Nisa Mickens, Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Celestino Martinez, officer Ryan Holets of the Albuquerque Police Department, Army Staff Sergeant Justin Peck, Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy, Otto Warmbier and although not an American citizen, Ji Seong-ho.

These stories were used to put stories and faces to patriotism, gang-violence, immigration issues, the opioid epidemic, military spending and tensions with the North Korean regime.

Trump also introduced his administration’s four pillars plan for immigration. The first pillar focuses on those protected by Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Trump claimed that those under DACA will be offered a path to citizenship for, “those who meet education and work requirements, and show good moral character.” The second pillar focuses on one of Trump’s longtime goals: to secure the boarder. The third pillar would end the lottery for visas in hopes of improving national security. The last pillar would end chain migration, historically known as family reunification,  only letting people bring immediate family into the country.

Trump then closed with, “As long as we have confidence in our values, faith in our citizens, and trust in our God, we will not fail. Our families will thrive. Our people will prosper. And our Nation will forever be safe and strong and proud and mighty and free. Thank you, and God bless America.”

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