Trump addresses Congress, softens stand on immigration

RSTV Bureau

Addressing his first ever Congress US President Donald Trump called for adopting a merit-based immigration system that could benefit high-tech professionals from countries like India, modifying his hard-line campaign rhetoric with a promise to revive the ‘American spirit’.

Softening his earlier stand on immigration, Trump said a ‘merit-based’ system will save countless dollars and raise workers’ wages.

“Protecting our workers also means reforming our system of legal immigration. The current, outdated system depresses wages for our poorest workers, and puts great pressure on taxpayers,” he said.

Trump said he believes that real and positive immigration reform is possible as long as it focuses on the goals to improve jobs and wages for Americans to strengthen the country’s security and to restore respect for laws.

“If we are guided by the well-being of American citizens then I believe Republicans and Democrats can work together to achieve an outcome that has eluded our country for decades,” he said.

Trump called on Congress men to work past the differences of party to solve the pressing problems and asked them tap into the American spirit that has overcome challenge in the history

The US President Trump who opened his first address to Congress by condemning the recent spate of threats against Jewish community centres, vandalism at Jewish cemeteries and the shooting of two Indian men in Kansas.

“Recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week’s shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its very ugly forms,” he said.

Trump-in-Congress During the speech, Trump addressed many of the themes of his campaign as well as the promises he made ahead of the election.

“In 2016, the earth shifted beneath our feet,” he said. “The rebellion started as a quiet protest, spoken by families of all colours and creeds -– families who just wanted a fair shot for their children, and a fair hearing for their concerns. But then the quiet voices became a loud chorus — as thousands of citizens now spoke out together, from cities small and large, all across our country.”

Trump defended controversial policies pushed by his administration in its first month and outlined a bold agenda highlighted by immigration reform, an expansive infrastructure program, and reform of the nation’s health care.

While the president pushed many of the hot-button issues he championed during the 2016 presidential campaign, he also struck a more conciliatory tone than the bombastic new president has done since taking the oath, especially on the issue of immigration.

“I believe Republicans and Democrats can work together to achieve an outcome that has eluded our country for decades,” Trump said.

Trump made a greater effort in his speech to reach out to the millions of Americans who did not vote for him than he did during his inauguration address. “A new surge of optimism is placing impossible dreams firmly within our grasp. What we are witnessing today is the renewal of the American spirit. Our allies will find that America is once again ready to lead,” he said.