This week, in his Majesty’s Weekly Address, the President spoke to his fellow Americans about immigration. Oh fun, border talk. Trump opens his address by talking about how he’d been spending time in the white house with families that had lost members because of illegal immigrants. Specifically, illegal immigrants with criminal records. He then goes on to mention the two bills he’s put into place that have now passed the House of Representatives.
The first Bill: “Kate’s Law, is named for Kate Steinle, who was killed by an illegal immigrant who had been deported five times. This law will enhance criminal penalties for those who repeatedly re-enter our country illegally.”
The Second Bill: “The second bill, the No Sanctuary For Criminals Act, will block federal grants to jurisdictions that shield dangerous criminal aliens from being turned over to federal law enforcement.”
The President states that the bills are now on their way to the Senate, and proposes the following:
“This legislation presents a simple choice: either vote to save and protect American lives, or vote to shield and comfort criminal aliens who threaten innocent lives – and they’ve been shielded too long.”
As far as opinions of the bills themselves go I don’t believe there’s a ton here to get too upset about. Katie’s Law addresses a strange issue that has existed in this country that tends to inadvertently grant privilege to individuals without citizenship. The second bill blocks federal funding, so I’m good with it.
What I found entertaining was the way the President spoke in this address. Every mention of the American people or the lives of American people was peppered with fluffy adjectives suggesting our natural American entitlement. Beautiful American lives, courageous American families, holy #MAGA, we get it.
He closes out with this play on the heart strings:
“So this Independence Day, while we’re enjoying treasured time with our friends and loved ones, let us not forget the families who have an empty seat at the table this year.”
While it is in-fact unfortunate that families will often have empty seats at tables, for multitudes of reasons, let’s not miss this opportunity to take joy in the contradiction of the POTUS attempting to pass two new laws while wishing the country a happy Independence Day.
You can see the weekly address here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/06/30/president-donald-j-trumps-weekly-address