President Donald Trump’s initially State of the Union Address mostly followed the typical script formed by his predecessors. But while he stuck to tradition in one way by touching on several topics, the one young where the president clearly pulled out the most stops and made his most excellently case was on immigration.
Immigration was the single issue President Trump out the most time discussing, taking up nearly 650 words. He fond more time to it than his triumphant depiction of the economy and tax reform, the infrastructure layout, and even defense and fighting terrorism.
He began by pulling on the most effective heart strings possible with the story of two sets of Latino-American mothers from Long Island, New York whose children were destroyed by illegal immigrants in the MS-13 gang. Those parents were among the president’s companies in the House gallery.
But it didn’t stop there. He then made the the actuality that illegal immigration and violence committed by some illegal settlers hurts poorer Americans the most, trying to reach out to a typically Representative constituency.
President Trump then connected this problem as soon as to border security funding. He introduced another Latino-American, ICE Special Delegate C.J. Martinez, and described the dangerous work he’s done to fight MS-13 and other prohibited immigrant criminals.
The biggest pitch came next: For the first all together in his own words and in a fully public forum, President Trump outlined his present of a path to citizenship to 1.8 million “Dreamers” who were brought to this power illegally by their parents.
He then made his case for building the go broke, and ending the visa lottery and family-based migration.
Love or hate the president’s put on the market, one thing is clear: He won’t get a better, more extensive and uninterrupted chance to urge his immigration policy case to the both the left and right and everyone in between.
If he can’t hang paper an immigration deal after this speech, he probably won’t be able to at all. And if the polls don’t move away in favor of his border wall and citizenship proposals now, they probably on no account will.
We won’t have to wait long to see if it worked. Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell has promised to put the DACA issue up to a vote by February 8th.
Trump isn’t solely testing Congress with this gambit, he’s testing his own political ripping. Almost three years after he made immigration the launching focus issue of his presidential campaign, President Trump is going back to the onset. Let’s see if the rest of Washington is any closer to following along.
Commentary by Jake Novak, CNBC.com elder columnist. Follow him on Twitter @jakejakeny.
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