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By Susan Jones, CNSNews, January 31, 2018
The American Civil Liberties Union — note the word “American” in its title — complained Monday night about President Trump’s repeated use of the word “America” in his State of the Union speech.
In a written response to Trump’s speech, Faiz Shakir, the ACLU’s national political director, said:
Tonight, President Trump said the word ‘America’ more than 80 times in his speech. Yet, after a divisive first year, we hear and feel how exclusionary that ‘America’ is, with policies that have harmed so many vulnerable American communities. The ACLU stands ready to protect these communities, both in the courts and at the polls.
In particular, the immigration plan put forth by Trump would hold Dreamers hostage to his demands for a harmful border wall and an even larger mass deportation force. We are at this crossroads because of the President’s deeply destructive ideas fomented by his nativist allies and divisive rhetoric. We will continue to stand up for these young immigrants and ensure they continue to contribute to our country. We cannot let America’s Dreamers be deported.
President Trump told the nation Monday night that Congress will be voting on an “immigration reform” package over the next few weeks, and he outlined the “four pillars” of his “fair compromise” plan:
The four pillars include a path to citizenship for 1.8 million dreamers, if they meet education and work requirements and demostrate good moral character; a fully secure border, including a wall in places and hiring more border patrol agents; an end to the random diversity visa lottery and adoption of a merit-based system; and an end to chain migration by limiting sponsorships to spouses and minor children. (Democrats offered scattered boos to the last item.)
“These four pillars represent a down-the-middle compromise, and one that will create a safe, modern, and lawful immigration system,” Trump said. “For over 30 years, Washington has tried and failed to solve this problem. This Congress can be the one that finally makes it happen.
“Most importantly, these four pillars will produce legislation that fulfills my ironclad pledge to only sign a bill that puts America first. So let us come together, set politics aside, and finally get the job done.”