1600 Daily: Everything White House 04/05/18
April 5, 2018
Immigration loopholes that put everyone at risk
Yesterday, President Donald J. Trump ordered the National Guard to assist Border Patrol in securing our Nation’s Southwest border with Mexico. The President’s decision reflects a lack of Congressional action to reform our broken immigration system and strengthen security at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Grave loopholes in our immigration laws are hindering enforcement efforts. One of the most significant such loopholes relates to unaccompanied alien children (UACs). Many UACs are smuggled into the United States by criminal organizations, and once here, very few will be repatriated.
Most UACs are older teens from Central America. Some are MS-13 gang members who use our immigration system to infiltrate the country, but many other UACs are also at great risk from gang activity. Releasing UACs to sponsors with often unstable living situations makes these teens prime targets for gang recruitment and violence.
The President visits West Virginia
Today, President Trump travels to West Virginia for the fourth time during his Presidency, meeting with small business leaders and families who have benefited from tax cuts he signed into law in December.
Here is what the President will tell West Virginians this afternoon:
- America is open for business once again. Energy exports are at a record high and net imports are the lowest in more than 30 years.
- Wages are rising at the fastest pace in nearly a decade. A record number of small businesses say now is a good time to expand.
- These big-picture numbers are amazing, but what I want to hear is your personal stories.
Infrastructure plan provides skilled jobs
When President Trump released the details of his infrastructure initiative in February, one of its key pillars was the need to reinvest in American workers. Yesterday, Labor Secretary Alex Acosta explained exactly what that would look like under the President’s plan.
“The president’s plan not only invests in physical infrastructure, it also invests in workforce education,” Secretary Acosta writes. He explains that a cumbersome Federal bureaucracy too often limits Americans’ potential by restricting Federal assistance to traditional educational programs.
By embracing a wider range of skills-based learning opportunities, including apprenticeships, President Trump’s plan stands to help a much larger class of American workers.
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Today, after receiving his daily intelligence briefing, President Trump will travel to White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, to participate in a roundtable discussion about tax reform.