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.