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President & CEO of USHCC Responds to SOTU Address

 

Last night, President Trump delivered a message of unity and bipartisanship. He celebrated the economic gains of his young presidency and highlighted the lives of American heroes that embody the spirit of this great nation.

I stand with the President on his call for unity. I too support a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million Dreamers, and I encourage investment in infrastructure, workforce development, and important initiatives such as paid family leave.

Thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed by President Trump in December, American corporations will enjoy lower tax rates, and small businesses will be able to deduct up to 20 percent of their business income. Many of our corporate partners have already promised to invest their profits in American infrastructure and job creation. We ask that our leaders in government continue to craft legislation that boosts the greater American economy.

That being said, I cannot help but be wary of some of the policies behind the President’s words of encouragement. In particular, the USHCC differs from the Administration regarding immigration and international trade.

Leaders on both sides of the aisle agree that DACA recipients deserve a pathway to citizenship, and I applaud the President’s remarkable change of heart on this topic. However, a $25-billion-dollar physical wall does not enjoy the support of either party. A physical border wall is an expensive and ineffective solution, and it is factually incorrect to conflate national security issues with legal, family-based migration.

Furthermore, the President referred to our international trade agreements as indicative of an “era of economic surrender.” On the contrary, current international trade deals keep the American economy competitive and allow small businesses to access international markets. Moving forward, it is essential that we preserve existing trade deals, such as NAFTA, and seek further opportunities for economic interconnectedness.

Overall, I ask that the Administration honors tonight’s pledge to bring together both sides of the aisle. Our nation is at a transit point, and we are experiencing an unprecedented level of divisiveness that lends itself to policy that is rooted in fear.

I would like to thank the President for his “open hand—to Republicans and Democrats—to work with both parties to protect our citizens of every color, religion, and creed.” On behalf of a concerned association, community, and country, I hope the President will honor this promise.

 

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