Immigration Gridlock and its Effect on Trump’s Image

For the past month and a half, Congress and the White House have been in a whirlwind of chaotic, divisive discussion and legislative gridlock over immigration. On January 30th, President Trump gave his second State of the Union address, in which he laid out a four-pillar outline for immigration reform. These four pillars included a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million Dreamers, a $25 billion budget for building his famous Mexican border wall and bolstering border security, elimination of the current visa lottery system in exchange for a “merit-based” system,…

A Deeper Look at the State of Trump’s Union

On January 30th, President Donald Trump delivered his 2nd State of the Union address. There was much speculation on whether or not he would “stick to the script”, what angles he would take, and how he would address some of the core issues currently causing partisan friction in Congress, namely immigration. Unsurprisingly, the speech was problematic in several areas, namely, the self-congratulatory presentation of issues with questionable follow-through, the embellishment of what should have been straightforward facts, a failed attempt at bipartisanship, and use of special guests to distract from…