New immigration laws will raise wages, help unemployed: Donald Trump

President Donald Trump used Tuesday's joint address to Congress to call attention to crimes committed by undocumented immigrants, inviting guests affected by such crimes and describing a new office he has ordered created to report them. And Trump seemed to signal that he was open to the idea yesterday when he told reporters before his speech that he was willing to consider legal status for undocumented immigrants who haven't committed serious crimes.

This, from a president whose Department of Homeland Security last week issued a sweeping set of orders, outlining plans to arrest and detain anyone who is believed to be here illegally, other than those young immigrants who are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. "We are providing a voice to those who have been ignored by our media, and silenced by special interests".

Trump's plan is to create VOICE as an office to ensure that victims of immigrant crime are kept abreast of developments in their cases and the deportation proceedings of suspects.

He linked his tweeted with a study by the Pew Research Center that showed new arrivals to the United States were far less likely to commit crimes than native-born Americans.

How did he make his case?

Trump listed some high-profile examples in his Tuesday night speech to Congress, pointing to guests in the crowd, including a man whose son was shot by a gang member in Los Angeles and the wives of police officers who were killed on duty.

Deputy Sheriff Danny Oliver and Detective Michael Davis were killed in the line of duty in 2014.

But to the point about non-criminal undocumented immigrants, the two sides divide. "'He says, 'Well, you've got to start working on it again, ' and I says, 'Absolutely we will.' And that was encouraging'".

"The Bible teaches us, there is no greater act of love than to lay down one's life for one's friends".

"I'm against all kinds of crime, whether it's done by immigrants or whether it's done by anybody", Engel said. "And certainly they are in agreement to an approach like this to get legal immigration more back to the 100-year historical norm and that's all this bill does", Perdue said. Most are good people serving their communities. "A small minority, and you're absolutely right, smaller than those in the general population, engage in criminal activity".

"It was so amusing he spoke to a bunch of cosmopolitan news anchors and mentioned maybe he will change his views on immigration and the media got into a buzz about that", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on the Senate floor Wednesday. He infamously made inflammatory racist remarks that immigrants coming over the border are drug smugglers, murderers, and rapists, and his proposed travel ban and ignorance of attacks on Muslims in the USA and overseas have made his Islamophobia and xenophobia painfully clear.

In a statement Panetta said although Trump was "measured in his tone, the President maintained the same divisive and risky message he used throughout his campaign". Bernie Sanders, D-Vermont. Sanders accused the president of attempting to use "tragedies to stir up divisions by race and nationality", according to www.cnn.com.

  • Larry Hoffman