Trump’s State of the Union Address

President Donald Trump spoke on his stance against undocumented immigration and the dangers he claims it brings as he addressed the Nation during the State of the Union Address on Tuesday night. In a self-congratulatory breakdown of his first year in office, Trump also celebrated his perceived accomplishments in the job market and economy and spoke about putting America first.

Immigration, and the President’s attack on DACA, has been a source of interest and contention both on campus and across the country. Trump pushed a connection between drugs, gangs and undocumented immigration. He also pitted these immigrants against Americans as an “other” group in the job market. Trump  advocated for a merit-based citizenship program centered around applicant’s education and skills, explaining this as the Nation’s answer for immigration concerns.  Bringing the families of girls murdered by notorious gang MS-13 to his speech set a strong point, and although the President used softer language than previously, it is still clear he will continue to stem the flow of undocumented immigration.

Trump also took time to address the job market and the economy in his past year as President. Trump claimed that in the past year, 2.4 million new jobs were created and unemployment hit a 45-year low. To students looking to graduate in May or December, this may bode well in the coming job search.

While no mention of a plan for higher education was made, Trump spoke about the dangers of the opioid epidemic, and promised to get tougher on drug dealers.

Follow up idea:

I would follow the immigration plans by speaking to students who are children of immigrants, or even second/third generation. I would gauge their reactions to Trump’s new immigration plans including the lottery, and ask how they believe it would affect the country in the future.

2018 State of the Union Address

President Trump renewed his commitment to fighting the opioid crisis and laid down a detailed plan for immigration reform Tuesday afternoon. These remarks came after Trump announced both Apple and ExxonMobil’s plans to invest in American and create 20,000 new jobs.

When discussing immigration the President outlined a “four pillar” policy which including 25 billion dollars towards a border wall, a new program allowing a path to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal immigrants currently in America, an overhaul of the current visa program to prevent extended family members being given green cards, and a shift towards a merit-based immigration system. As part of this plan, the DACA program, an Obama-era initiative that allowed children of illegal immigrants temporary visas to stay in America,  would be allowed to die out in favor of the new proposed citizenship program. Trump ended the discussion of immigration asking for politics to be set aside and for work be done to solve the previously mentioned immigration problem. This is a shift from his previous statements about allowing DACA to continue.

President Trump also declared an end to the “war on American Energy” and announced America “the exporter of energy to the world”, specifically mentioning clean coal. The President also reaffirmed his administration’s focus on combating the opioid addiction. After acknowledging the seriousness of the situation Trump vowed to be harder on drug dealers. Related to the topic of drugs,  Trump also mentioned a pledge to further fund and support efforts against MS13 and other gangs through police reinforcements and funding, along with the before mentioned 25 billion going towards stronger border security.

Finally, Trump ended his speech on the topic of the military and foreign policy. He further called for negotiations between North and South Korea, and stressed the need for an end to the directorship lead by Kim Jong-Un, bringing attention to several members of the audiences as evidence of Un’s oppressive regime.


Second Day Local Follow-Up Idea:

A very good potential follow-up is on the opioid crisis the President mentioned, possibly finding the specifics(if they exist) of the administrations plan to combat it and further discuss why this is something important enough to warrant the use of Federal resources. This crisis is big enough that even college students would have been affected or know someone affected by it. Interviewing students about the epidemic in an attempt to find personal stories would really add humanity to the story. By first outlining the human aspect of the epidemic, as well as its scope, we then could show how and why the President seems adamant about stopping it.

Trump’s Address full of Optimism

Tax, Infrastructure and Immigration, not education, were the main topics of President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union Address Tuesday night. While Trump did touch on college savings and the opening of vocational schools, his lack of attention may raise some concerns for people on-campus.

President Trump’s speech last Tuesday was the third longest State of the Union Address ever, behind only two from Clinton’s presidency. Yet the cause for such a long speech was not the president using his almost unfiltered interaction with the American people for discussing upcoming policy changes. Trump found other uses for his platform, mainly by directing the conversation towards his hand-selected, guests. The tradition of inviting a celebrated guest having not been regular until Reagan’s presidency, Trump invited and acknowledged 16.

After his 5830 words were said and done, Trump touched on a variety of topics, but chose to stick to three main issues: Tax, Infrastructure, and Immigration. Trump to laid out how his dedication to making “the biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history” will produce “tremendous relief for the middle class and small businesses”, and the President asked both parties to come together and support a bill that will generate “$1.5 trillion for the new infrastructure we need”.

The main topic of his first Address was undoubtably immigration. Trump unveiled a 4 pillar plan; which intends to offer “a path to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal immigrants”, secure the Mexican border, add validity to the green card system, and limit immigration sponsorships.

The thing that is most concerning for students, however, might be what Trump’s lack of attention paid to education means.

Likely the only speech that the president gives and people on campus will watch and read about, Trump instead filled the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol with his main goals for other departments.

Trump State of the Union for Students

Trump’s State of the Union Address emphasized his “America First” ideology. This was displayed through his new immigration proposal, including a procedure to help young immigrants protected under DACA gain citizenship.This proposal also included eliminating the visa lottery and spending $25 million on border security, including building a wall across the Mexican border. Prior to this speech Trump has been rigid on his immigration stance, yet last night he showed compromise.

Trump also stressed his plans to fight the opioid epidemic that is affecting the country at large. Part of his plan is to be harsher on drug dealers to decrease the problem. He also mentioned that his administration wants to provide drug treatment for those that are affected, as well as give access to mental health services.

Another proposition Trump made was that he would like to pass a bill spending $1.5 trillion dollars to fix the current infrastructure. This would include Congress distributing $200 billion from federal funds to transit outlets including Amtrak, over the next 10 years. Millions more would then need to come from cities, states, and private divisions.
Second-day local follow-up

Story Idea

The number of international students coming to college in the United States is decreasing, however this has not yet happened on our campus. Instead of studying in the U.S. students are choosing to go to schools in other places, such as Europe. For the follow-up story I would want to interview international students and see if their younger siblings are planning on coming to the United States for college, or if they plan to study elsewhere. I would ask what factors play into them making that decision and if the current political atmosphere is a factor in deciding.

Trump’s plans for stricter citizenship

President Donald Trump stated on Tuesday that the nation will be “moving towards a merit-based immigration system”. He also briefly spoke about the opioid epidemic, saying that there would be stricter drug enforcements in the future.

The President listed “four pillars” during his 2018 State of the Union Address on January 30 that were established in hopes of reforming the nation. The pillars include securing the border and ending the visa lottery. Merit-based citizenship means that only those who are skilled and work hard will be eligible for a green card.

Colleges in the United States attract people from all over the world. Many schools have a considerable percentage of international students that apply and attend. Universities have reported a decline in international admission,  which can loosely be related to the President’s immigration law changes.

American college students are facing benefits, however. Improvements in the stock market help Americans in many ways, such as with college savings accounts.

President Trump went on to say that the tax rate for companies decreased to 21 percent, which gives businesses in America a chance to compete with and win against other companies in the world. This helps American citizens grow in the industry and benefits college students who are in or entering the workforce.

The President also talked about how the four-pillar reforms will assist in responding to the opioid and drug crises. Drug overdose killed 64,000 citizens in 2016, supporting Trump’s point that the nation will become stricter and harsher on drug dealers. He added that his Administration is currently working to treat those who need care.

Trump addressed North Korea’s threats to fire their nuclear missiles, saying that there are measures being taken to “prevent that from happening.”

Otto Warmbier and Ji Seong-ho were recognized during the President’s speech. The University of Virginia student’s family received a standing ovation and Seong-ho, a North Korean refugee, was acknowledged for his bravery.

“It is the people,” the President stated, “who are making America great again.”

Second-day follow up idea: ask international students who are here with a visa how they feel about Trump’s policies and how they feel it impacts them. This could be regarding the merit-based immigration system – what does it mean to be a “skilled” citizen? – or about the visa lottery.

Trump’s Address

Although a large portion of the nation’s attention fell on his plan for a compromised immigration reform Tuesday night, President Donald Trump also detailed job creation and issues related to healthcare in his address. The President endorsed experimental treatments, lowering prescription drug prices, and fighting opioid addiction.  Moreover, his assertion to work with Republicans and Democrats alike to get policies past Congress was  potentially a step towards compromise for a Government that was recently shut down over immigration issues.

The President’s goal of making America great again was evident in his economic proposals, which he described as “putting America first.” His promise to end “unfair” trade deals and bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States was coupled with a call to Congress to generate 1.5 billion dollars in infrastructure investment. Trump’s focus on job creation was evident, calling America a nation of builders and offering optimism on the future job market, stating companies “want to be where the action is, they want to be in the United States.”

While Trump made it clear that his administration will be focusing on economic policies that benefit Americans first, the President additionally gave his support to three issues plaguing millions of sick Americans. President Trump openly vouched for “the right to try,” which opens experimental treatments to terminally ill patients. Over 1 million Americans die from terminal illnesses yearly and while it is a law in many states, 12 still do not recognize it. Trump also gave his support to Americans fighting the escalating price of prescription drugs. The president went as far to say reducing the price of prescription drugs is “one of my greatest priorities.” Prescription drug prices have been rising for over a decade, and some, like epi-pens, have risen as much as  500% since 2007, putting essential medication out of the reach of many citizens.

President Trump made good on his promise to discuss immigration reform by introducing  four pillars for reform, which he called a “down the middle compromise.” The pillars included well-known topics like border security while introducing softer proposals on a merit-based visa process that emphasizes character and skills, and ending chain migration. Trump also used his immigration reform to discuss the opioid epidemic. While the President promised  to keep fighting the epidemic, his continued association of immigrants with gang members and drug dealers, coupled with the lack of clarity on DACA, may discourage immigrants who are hoping for a resolution to the immigration debate that has raged in Congress since Trump took office.

The call for compromise in immigration reform was a common theme in Trump’s address. The call to “come together, put politics aside, and finally get the job done” was a far cry from  Trump’s past  handling of bipartisan issues. After months of making little progress on large issues like immigration and healthcare, Trump extended hand to democrats may push discussions forward.



I want to focus on the health care issues that Trump raised during his address. I hope to find someone who has been impacted by rising prescription drug prices or affected by the right to try. Escalating drug prices affect almost everyone. Almost 60% of Americans are prescribed some type of medication and that number is rising each year. Drug prices impact lower income communities the most and the inability to afford these medications can lead to lower quality of life or even death. Some hospitals are so sick of medication prices that they are trying to cut the middle man out of prescription sales.

Some hospitals are sick of the cost of prescription drugs. So they’ve decided to form their own pharma company.

Trump Immigration Proposal Providing for 1.8 Million


President Donald Trump stated his new immigration proposal should be supported by both parties as a “compromise”. The path to citizenship will provide for about 1.8 million illegal immigrants. Under this new plan, if these dreamers meet education, and work requirements they will be able to become U.S. Citizens over a 12 year period.

The proposal also entails that this pathway to citizenship being approved is in exchange for $25 billion that would buildTrump’s border wall and enforce other strict immigration laws.

The final proposal acceptance is still in the air, and with the DACA protection ending soon, by March 5th, those immigrants under DACA protection could possibly face deportation if there is not an approval of a new plan.

This new plan would allow better affordability for those attending or planning to attend College. This group of undocumented would have the chance to obtain in-state tuition, financial aid, and scholarships that are limited from not being a U.S. Citizen.