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Trump’s 2018 State of the Union Address

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Last night, January 30, 2018, at 9:00 p.m., President Trump gave his State of the Union address. It is required that every president gives a State of the Union address to let Congress know what the expectations are for the upcoming year. His theme for the year is optimism and it showed throughout the address. In the one hour and twenty minute speech, President Trump covered numerous topics.

One of the first topics was the economy and  tax reform. After the election last year, there have been 2.4 million new jobs in the United States of America. In addition, the wages are rising for many. Unemployment claims are at a 45-year low. African American unemployment is at the lowest it’s ever been, and Hispanic Americans have the lowest unemployment rate in history. The stock market has gained $8 trillion. Trump’s tax reform has the biggest tax cuts in history. He said during the address that the first $24,000 earned by a couple is not taxed. Also, three-million workers have gained tax cut bonuses. I think that this is a positive outlook for the year, and it will be encouraging Americans to keep working. When I heard all of these facts, I believed that America is in the best economic state it has been in for a while.

Donald Trump also talked about immigration. He has plans to reform the immigration laws. It was mentioned that there will be four pillars to this reform. Pillar one offers a path to citizenship; they need to have good education, work ethic, and morals. This process can take up to twelve years to fully become a citizen. The second pillar will secure the border and end “catch and release” practices. He plans to build a wall and increase the border control at the southern border. In the third pillar, there will be an end to the visa lottery. They will stop handing out green cards left and right. The fourth pillar will end chain immigration. It will limit the immigrants, so they can only bring spouses and children; they would be no longer to bring their extended family along with them to America. I personally think that this is what we truly need. Many immigrants are crossing the boarder illegally and taking our jobs and our money that we deserve as American citizens. I think that we need to start thinking as Americans and stop worrying about how the illegal immigrants are going to become citizens. They are the ones breaking the law, yet they are still getting the benefits that we deserve and need.

Trump continued his address focusing on veterans.  Veterans are now getting the respect and treatment they deserve. They have a choice in their healthcare. Now, with the VA Accountability Act, 1,5oo employees have been removed for not giving veterans the respect they deserve. Trump said, “I will not stop until our veterans are taken care of.” I think that this commitment is great. Veterans deserve everything; they put their lives on the line and this is the least we can do to pay them back with respect and laws that protect them.

Trump also mentioned a prison reform. Trump wants to help former inmates get a second chance. I am glad that they are getting this. They may have not made the greatest choices, but that doesn’t mean that they cannot change. Even though they might have  had a bad past, that doesn’t mean they should not have a shot at a successful future.

One point that stood out  during President Trump’s SOTU address was when he said, “Americans are dreamers, too.” It made me realize that I can have as many dreams as I want for my future, and I won’t be restricted or stopped by the government. As Americans, our futures can have so much potential. If stay determined, we can turn our dreams into reality. I believe that this year will be filled with optimism and hope for America.

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