President Donald Trump said in his State of the Union address that illegal immigration must be curtailed, and programs like the visa lottery and chain migration must be ended.
While addressing Congress on Tuesday night, Trump said,
“I am extending an open hand to work with the members of both parties — Democrats and Republicans — to protect our citizens of every background, color, religion and creed. My duty and the sacred duty of every elected official in this chamber is to defend Americans, to protect their safety, their families, their communities and their right to the American dream.”
“My duty… is to defend Americans,” he said. “Because Americans are dreamers too.”
Democrats have used the term to refer to young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States when they were children. Trump rescinded DACA, an Obama-era protection from deportation for dreamers, on Sept. 5 last year.Immigration has remained the most contentious platform for the Trump administration.The president has been widely criticized by his base for pledging to find a pathway to citizenship for almost 2 million DACA recipients.
Trump called for the end of the visa lottery program in exchange for a merit-based system, and an end to chain migration by limiting family reunification to spouses and minor children. On the border enforcement front, he said Congress should end the “horrible and dangerous practice of catch and release.”
“It is time to reform these outdated immigration rules and finally bring our immigration system into the 21st century,”
“For over 30 years, Washington has tried and failed to solve this problem. This Congress can be the one that finally makes it happen,” he said.
Democrats seemed unreceptive, refusing to applaud the president’s outline and booing or hissing several of his claims, including his assertion that a single immigrant can “bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives.”
Inside the halls of Congress, some Democrats are wearing black to support the “Me Too” movement while other Democrats will have DACA recipients and Dreamers as their guests. The White House has invited families who have lost loved ones to MS-13 to sit with First Lady Melania Trump, again forcing the legacy media intent on sweeping any bad news about illegal immigrants under the rug to cover the issue just like Trump, after meeting in 2015 with families who had loved ones murdered by illegal immigrants, forced the media to cover their stories during the GOP primaries.
The president’s expression that “Americans are dreamers too” either bridged divides or further polarized Americans on the issue, depending on who was listening.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) turned the president’s words on him, tweeting that Dreamers are Americans too. Despite Trump’s proposal to offer them a pathway to citizenship, Democrats have rejected to take a deal that includes limits on legal immigration and funds a border wall.