1600 Daily: Everything White House 04/04/18
April 4, 2018
Dr. King’s legacy, 50 years later
April 4 marks the kind of anniversary America wishes it never had to endure. Fifty years ago today, the life of our Nation’s greatest civil rights icon was cut short by an assassin’s bullet at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.
Martin Luther King, Jr., understood that for people to see one another as equals, they had to feel the tugs of a bond stronger than race. For King, that bond was America. He knew that the struggle for civil rights was not about rejecting America’s Founding ideals. On the contrary, it was about living up to our shared values.
“The Reverend’s devotion to fighting the injustice of segregation and discrimination ignited the American spirit of fraternity and reminded us of our higher purpose,” President Donald J. Trump wrote in his 2018 Proclamation celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr., Day earlier this year.
A missed opportunity on immigration
President Trump made it clear this week that Congressional Democrats have been missing in action when it comes to striking an immigration deal on Capitol Hill. As a result, there is no fix in sight for the troubled DACA program.
That outcome is disappointing given clear public support for President Trump’s proposed immigration compromise. The President’s plan has four pillars, each endorsed by a majority of voters:
- 63 percent of voters favor a deal that gives DACA immigrants a path to citizenship in exchange for comprehensive reforms to America’s immigration system and border security
- 84 percent think immigration priority should be based on a person’s ability to contribute to the United States, not based on having relatives here
- 70 percent oppose the Visa lottery system that randomly picks 50,000 people to enter the U.S. each year
- 62 percent believe current border security is inadequate—including 55 percent of Hispanic voters
America’s Baltic friends
America’s Baltic allies are crucial strategic partners. Yesterday, President Trump welcomed leaders from NATO members Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania to the White House, congratulating the three countries on the 100th anniversary of their declared independence from Russia.
From the very beginning of Baltic independence, President Trump noted, the United States never ceased to recognize the sovereignty of these three nations. That remained true even through decades of Soviet occupation in Eastern Europe during the Cold War.
The United States continues to stand by its Baltic NATO allies under the Trump Administration. America has boosted defense and security cooperation in the region, helped advanced Baltic energy security, and enriched cultural ties through exchanges and other programs.
Photo of the Day
Photo Credit: Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian
President Donald J. Trump and the Baltic States Heads of Government