President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address on Tuesday evening, with themes centered on economic revival, tax cuts, and immigration reform.
President Trump touted efforts to help veterans, the auto industry, to combat drug abuse, and to reconsider certain details of the previous administration’s nuclear arms deal with Iran.
The highly watched speech was not without controversy, as some members of Congress refused to attend while at least one representative even left during the address in protest.
Here are seven reactions to Trump’s first State of the Union. They include critiques over his statements on immigration, a call to unity, and what viewers thought of the event.
Republican Representative Doug Collins of Georgia said in a statement posted Tuesday that Trump’s administration is showing the nation “what it looks like when promises are kept.”
“Our president promised to put conservative judges on the bench, and Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch’s nomination began a new season of impressive court appointments. Our president promised to cut needless regulations that have handicapped American businesses and families, and we’ve seen more than 20 regulations cut for every new one introduced,” stated Rep. Collins.
“Our president promised to cut taxes and create jobs, and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has led to a stunning wave of investment in America’s workforce and to the simplification of an oppressive tax code. Each day brings me more stories of how our unified government led by a dynamic president is fulfilling the hopes of people in northeast Georgia — and unlocking the door to more of their dreams.”
Jenny Yang, vice president of advocacy and policy for World Relief, took issue with Trump’s plan to end what is called “chain migration.”
“Under the current broken system, a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives. Under our plan, we focus on the immediate family by limiting sponsorships to spouses and minor children,” stated Trump in the State of the Union.
“In recent weeks, two terrorist attacks in New York were made possible by the visa lottery and chain migration. In the age of terrorism, these programs present risks we can just no longer afford”
In response to the president’s claims, Yang posted to Twitter on Tuesday evening that the idea of chain migration is “a myth.”
“On average, an immigrant sponsors 3.5 family members, which INCLUDES spouses and children. If we’re a pro-family country, we should reunite immigrant families quickly, not cut back family-based #immigration,” tweeted Yang with a link to National Immigration Forum’s fact sheet on family-based immigration.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said in a statement Tuesday that he believed Trump’s State of the Union “opened the door even wider to policies that make America a good and prosperous nation.”
“Yes, a lot changed during the Obama years. America went from being a zealous advocate of religious freedom and human rights for all people, to being a promoter of special rights for a few,” stated Perkins.
“But tonight’s speech is another reminder that times are changing back again. America now has the ability to promote and protect religious freedom both here and abroad.”
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Source: Christian Post