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'America First is about unity’
Speaking at the JW Marriott hotel in Washington, D.C., yesterday, President Donald J. Trump told members of the Latino business community that a shared National vision brings together people of all backgrounds.
“America First is about unity,” the President said. “It’s about coming together as one family—one big, beautiful American family—no matter our race, or color, or creed, to protect our jobs, our communities, and our country.”
The Latino community has been doing particularly well under that vision:
Last year, the unemployment rate for Hispanics reached its lowest level in history.
Latinos are also starting new businesses at three times the national average.
More than 8 in 10 Latino voters share President Trump’s belief that immigration to the United States should be based on skill, not just personal relationships.
President Trump, who knew many of the attendees personally, ended his remarks on a note of appreciation and optimism. “This is our time. This is our moment.”
Watch the President’s full speech to the Latino business community.
Stopping crime before it starts
During his State of the Union Address in January, President Trump told the Nation that prison reform would be a priority for his Administration in 2018. “This year we will embark on reforming our prisons to help former inmates who have served their time get a second chance,” the President said.
Pat Nolan, director of the American Conservative Union Foundation’s Center for Criminal Justice Reform, said President Trump’s declaration was "a milestone in the growing conservative movement to apply conservative principles to our justice system," Reason magazine reports.
Yesterday, the President took another step toward that goal, issuing an Executive Order to establish a Federal Interagency Council on Crime Prevention and Improving Reentry. “While investigating crimes and prosecuting perpetrators must remain the top priority of law enforcement,” the Order states, “crime reduction policy should also include efforts to prevent crime in the first place and to lower recidivism rates.”
Read more about the Executive Order and what the Interagency Council will do.
At the center of America’s resurgence
It’s impossible to talk about the record-breaking successes of the U.S. economy today without talking about tax cuts. Unemployment is at its lowest rate in 17 years. Jobless claims recently hit a 48-year low. In January alone, the U.S. economy added 200,000 jobs.
“At the center of America’s resurgence are the massive tax cuts that we just passed before Christmas,” President Trump says. The evidence backs him up. Third-party consumer and small-business confidence indices have hit their highest marks in years this quarter. More than 4 million American workers are receiving bonuses, wage increases, or other new benefits as a direct result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
And the best part? As the positive impacts of tax reform multiply, more and more businesses have begun to turn their attention to the long-term investments that matter most for a healthy economy.
Learn more about how tax reform is delivering for all Americans.
Photo of the Day
Vice President Mike Pence | March 7, 2018 (Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen)
This morning, President Trump will hold a meeting with his Cabinet. Later, the President, along with Vice President Pence, will host a roundtable with members of Congress and video game industry leaders.