Trump finally delivered his postponed State of the Union address and a CBS poll found that 72% of viewers approved of his immigration ideas, so our immigration experts reviewed a transcript of the speech to analyze these immigration ideas. What we discovered is that there were not that many (if any) realistic immigration problem-solving strategies actually set forth in his speech.
Trump’s SOTU on immigration
- Since his SOTU speech was one of the longest in history, we have compiled a summary of his talking points related to immigration below.
- He said there is a moral duty to create an immigration system that protects U.S. citizens and their jobs. He mentioned wealthy politicians who push for open borders but live in safety behind their own walls and gates.
- Unsurprisingly, he called for a wall. Specifically he called for a smart, strategic, see through barrier at the southern border.
- He called for action from Congress to support his wall in order to end illegal immigration and put human and drug traffickers out of business.
- He wants to see an increase in legal immigration because the United States needs more employees thanks to the low unemployment rate and the number of companies, factories, and plants that are moving back into the United States.
- He of course talked about the crisis at the border and migrant caravans, the savage MS-13 gang, trafficking, and cartels.
It is interesting to look at what exactly his immigration ideas are. We know his opinions about the dangers that illegal immigration and open borders presents, but when the speech is broken down, there were not many immigration ideas actually set forth which may be part of the reason that 72% of watchers agreed with him.
Specifically, Trump called for a barrier at the southern border, not the single, continuous wall spanning the border between the two countries he promised on the campaign trail. And secondly, he said that he wants to see an increase in legal immigration, in his words “the largest numbers ever.” While this sounds good in a speech, President Trump’s policies and rhetoric regarding immigration has not been supportive in the past for undocumented immigrants, immigrants seeking citizenship, and people wishing to immigrate to the United States under his administration. Our experts also noted that he did not mention rights for undocumented immigrants already in the United States.
Salt Lake City family immigration attorney, Gloria Cardenas, has spent over two decades advocating for immigration rights. She knows that calls for more legal immigration in a State of the Union address does nothing to help Utah immigrants who are looking to reunite with family members or who are seeking citizenship, but she has the skill, knowledge, and experience to help.
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