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The Elephant In The Room Last Night

In the modern era Presidents have usually used the constitutionally mandated State of the Union message to Trump amnestygo through a laundry list of their achievements – real or imaginary.

However, President Trump’s first State of the Union message was more than just a laundry list of accomplishments; it was an often-eloquent window into the inner thoughts of Donald Trump the patriotic businessman, the lover and builder of the American dream.

The President was interrupted by applause 115 times – in large measure because the list of President Trump’s achievements in his first year is long and impressive – especially in growth-oriented economic policy:

$5.5 trillion in total tax cuts to the economy

This translates in an increased annual income on average of $4,000 per family

More than 250 companies across the country have announced bonuses, pay raises, higher retirement plan contributions, or other investments in their business or workforce

More than 3 million American workers have already benefited from a “Trump Bonus” or “Trump Pay Raise,” thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

President Trump has signed 15 Congressional Review Act resolutions – more than any other president – taking personal, direct action to reduce the burden of regulations on American businesses and individuals

More than 2 million new jobs were created during President Trump’s first year in office

The manufacturing industry created nearly 200,000 jobs in 2017, after thousands were lost in 2016

Proposing a $1.5 trillion infrastructure rebuilding program to increase employment and economic development across the country

The President listed an equally impressive list of foreign policy and national security initiatives and accomplishments:

Recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

Since President Trump took office, ISIS has lost nearly 100 percent of the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria

Changing the rules of engagement in Afghanistan to ensure the Afghan government is stabilized and the Taliban are eliminated

Undertaking a review of our policy toward illegal combatants and military detentions

Undertaking a firm policy toward North Korea in contrast to the failures of previous administrations

A new National Security Strategy to modernize our nuclear forces and deploy state-of- the-art ballistic missile defenses

President Trump is confronting Iran’s destabilizing behavior and the threat of its nuclear program, working to fix the serious flaws in the Iran nuclear deal, and sanctioning dozens of Iranian officials and entities

However, the elephant in the room was the President’s immigration proposal.

The President’s immigration proposal offered much to the open borders and amnesty for illegal aliens crowd, but it got him no applause or respect from Democrats.

While President Trump characterized his immigration reform plan as a straight down the middle compromise, Democrats sat on their hands as the President offered a proposal to grant amnesty and a path to citizenship to at least 1.8 million illegal aliens.

The thin political support of the proposal was evident when Republican Senator Marco Rubio, one of the original sponsors of the hated Gang of Eight amnesty bill, did not stand for or applaud the President’s proposal and it received only a smattering of applause from the front row of the Republican side of the aisle.

What’s more, Democrats booed their opposition to three of the so-called pillars of the President’s proposal; ending chain migration and limiting immigration sponsorships of spouses and minor children only, ending the visa lottery program, and therefore stopping our current practice of awarding green cards without consideration of skills or merit and moving to a merit-based immigration system.

Judging by the reaction of the Democrats to the immigration proposals in the President’s State of the Union address it seems clear to us that the President was compromising on immigration with no one but himself.

There were many things conservatives could applaud in last night’s State of the Union address, but the President’s eloquent paean to the economic promise of America was largely drowned-out by opposition to the notion of giving a path to citizenship to 1.8 million illegal aliens.

Republicans on Capitol Hill must finally get smart and understand that the current level of immigration, even without amnesty, will add nearly 15 million new potential voters by 2036, a large share of whom will favor the Left. Add to that amnesty for 1.8 million mostly Mexican and Central American DACA beneficiaries and you have a formula that will make Republicans a permanent minority party and limited government constitutional conservatism a soon-to-be extinct philosophy of government.

We urge CHQ readers to call the toll-free Capitol Switchboard (1-866-220-0044) to ask for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Tell Rep. McCarthy there should be no path to citizenship for illegal aliens, and that if Republicans must do an immigration reform bill, the only game in town is the Securing America's Future Act (H.R. 4760) sponsored by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, and that H.R. 4760 sets a FLOOR for immigration policy below which no legislation should go.

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I was pleasantly surprised at the presidential demeanor and talking points. I am, however, vehemently opposed to the amnesty for the millions that he proposed. Overall Donald Trump has brought back much of the power and respect to the office of the presidency after the occupancy of the office by a NWO puppet who never presented legal documentation of his eligibility.

Trump's Amnesty.

I could be wrong, but I hope not. I suspect Trump is using the prospect of amnesty as a means of exposing the hypocrisy of the Demorats. He knows the Demorats will never go for border security and a wall. I am hoping Trump throws out the amnesty carrot expecting the Demorats to reject it rather than see border security and a wall. Then when they do, he has the high ground and can go to the American People and say I offered, but the Demorats won't compromise. So I need the American People to send Senators and Congressmen who really will help me MAGA! Then spend this summer and fall campaigning for the election of such real Americans.

Trump's Amnesty

I certainly hope that you are correct when you speak of dem hypocrisy otherwise this will become Trumps "read my lips" moment!