and welcome to the al-jazeera news hour live from our headquarters in doha with me and as a peron i'm coming up in the next sixty minutes delivering has biggest speech of the year u.s. president donald trump said what he's expected to call a new american moment and has first state of the union address or trump will also take credit for restoring america's place in the world box has he really break down what's rhetoric and what's reality while thousands of so-called dreamers living in limbo to hear what the president will say about immigration. u.s. president just minutes away from delivering his first state of the union address to a joint session of congress the president will outline his legislative agenda for the year it includes an economic snapshot which may talk up his successes with tax
reform bought his more divisive policies on immigration and foreign diplomacy have prompted several democrats to boycott the address. well let's go straight to our white house correspondent combining how could now she is joining us live from capitol hill so what are we expecting company from the presidents for a state of the union address. there's a lot of anticipation the president did give a similar dress one year ago but this is the first state of the union address now that he has been in office and as you pointed out there are going to be some themes that will be touched upon the white house relieving releasing some excerpts of what we expect from the president's speech he will talk about immigration how he believes that should benefit american families we also expect that he's going to tout what he sees as some of the successes of this year tax reform the defeat essentially of eisel pulling them back from most of the territory they once held in
both syria and iraq and also to talking about the need for money to rebuild america's crumbling infrastructure but at the same time as you point out there is a credible turmoil right now in the united states as the president delivers the speech he's expected to try and encourage unity but again there are some members of congress who will not be attending the speech including congresswoman barbara lee who spoke to al-jazeera just a short time ago. i have attended every state of the union since one nine hundred ninety eight this president doesn't respect the office of the presidency at all and so i don't want to normalise that there are many reasons first day when you just look at his s. whole comments about africa and about al salvador and about haiti my associates came from the continent of africa these were very racist comments and we see how they are translated into many of his policies secondly he's using our young people are dreamers in terms of a pawn in a political game and he's got them in limbo and they shouldn't be this have this
anxiety about their lives. well dream is and immigration will of course be. a focus off the address we're expecting that and as we've been reporting company not the only member of congress to be boycotting this address and given that as the president under pressure to be more inclusive as he speaks to a divided nation. he's under an enormous amount of pressure and i can tell you that even though some members elected not to attend some that are present most of them democrats are wearing black to protest some of the policies of the president concerns about sexual harassment and even accusations against the president with regard to that so there are even going to be differing forms of protest while the speech is taking place i can tell you also there are protests taking place outside of the u.s.
capitol so it is in this climate that the president has a challenge to try and reach across the aisle to members of the opposing party the democratic party to try and bring about unity at the white house says that he will in his speech extend an open hand to both parties there's a little bit of intentional language there given the fact that immediately after the speech both parties will have to try and negotiate a budget deal as we saw just a few weeks ago where there is a shutdown of the government over the issue of immigration so a lot of people are going to be watching what the president says very carefully it's unlikely he's going to be able to turn around and bring the type of unity that is necessary pass some of the legislation he's looking for in just one speech and of course it's not just the words that will matter but it's the reaction to those words that's going to be a point or i can really thank you very much for that would of course be going back to company after we hear from the president. but how is the united states fairing off to
a year of donald trump told many on the hall now with some of the numbers. let's take a look at some of this states of the union a lot of the economic numbers look good unemployment is at an historic low the stock market is breaking records and the u.s. economy grew two point three percent in two thousand and seventeen that were a little less than expected and behind the world average salaries stayed mostly flat but costs are rising especially housing for example anything bigger than a one bedroom apartment to simply out of reach for people working minimum wage jobs in the u.s. and that's nationwide a good indicator of how our country is doing is life expectancy while it dropped in the u.s. for the second year in a row in two thousand and sixteen to seventy eight point six years that's far below most industrialized nations education numbers look better a full ninety percent of americans over twenty five have completed sick injury
school that's the best showing ever thirty four percent have a university degree when it comes to governance well there's been a lot of legislative drummer in d.c. trump's promise to replace about his health care plan a famously failed what's left is in disarray his immigration reform project is hitting one wall after another most notably the plan to extend to the one on the border with mexico and the legal battle over the so-called muslim ban has now reached the supreme court trumps biggest when is text reform although it's text cuts for the rich have come under a lot of criticism and the most stressed it moves well that's deregulation the trumpet ministration and the republican controlled congress delayed suspended or reversed will the ninety government regulations that was just the first three months of two thousand and seventeen. of the some of the k. numbers from the president's first year in office and there he is us president
donald trump these are live pictures here it is about to give. his first state of the union address we have seen some key members of the white house key members of his cabinet so far but there he is u.s. president donald trump getting ready for that state of the union address he will of course outlined his legislative agenda for the year he's expected to tool up his successes focus on the tax reforms that he was able to. introduce the biggest as a generation. well people. are very loud and very. consistently for the u.s. president he's been greeted by house speaker farm vice president mike pence
not everyone is here though there are a number of protections democrats especially who are boys talking this interest because all the things the president has said lately. members of congress i have the high privilege and the distinct honor of presenting to you the president of the united states. thank you.
mr speaker mr vice president members of congress the first lady of the united states and my fellow americans less than one year has passed since i first heard at this podium in this majestic chamber to speak on behalf of the american people and to address their concerns their hopes and their dreams. that night our new administration had already taken very swift action a new tide of optimism was already sweeping across our land each day since we have gone forward with a clear vision and a righteous mission. to make america great again for all americans
thank you over the last year we have made incredible progress and achieved extraordinary success we have faced challenges we expected and others we could never have imagined we have shared in the heights of victory and the pains of hardship we have endured floods and fires and storms but through it all we have seen the beauty of america's soul and the steel in america's spine each test has forged new american heroes to remind us who we are and show us what we can be
we saw the volunteers of the cajun navy racing to the rescue with their fishing boats to save people in the aftermath of a totally devastating hurricane we saw strangers shielding strangers from a hail of gunfire on the las vegas strip we heard tales of americans like coast guard petty officer ashley leopard. who is here tonight in the gallery with melania thank you. thank you ashley was aboard one of the first helicopters on the scene in euston during the
hurricane harvey. through eighteen hours of wind and rain ashley braved live power lines and deep water to help save more than forty lives actually we all thank you thank you very thankful . we heard about americans like firefighter david dahlberg he's here with us also david faced down walls of flame to rescue almost sixty children trapped at a california summer camp threatened by those devastating wildfires. to everyone still recovering in texas florida louisiana puerto rico on the verge of its.
everywhere we are with you we love you and we always will pull through together always thank you. thank you. thank you thank you. thank you to david and the brave people of california thank you very much to break. some trials over the past year touched this chamber very personally with us tonight as one of the toughest people ever to serve in this house a guy who took a bullet almost died and was back to work three and a half months later the legend from louisiana congressman.
. in the aftermath of that terrible shooting we came together not as republicans or democrats but as representatives of the people but it is not enough to come together only in times of tragedy tonight i call upon all of us to set aside our differences to seek out common ground and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people this is really the key these are the people we were elected to serve thank
you over the last year the world has seen what we always know that no people on earth are so fearless or daring or determined as americans if there is a mountain we climb if there's a frontier we cross and if there's a challenge we tame it. if there's an opportunity we season. so let's begin tonight by recognizing that the state of our union is strong because our people are strong thanks
and together we are building a safe strong and proud american. since the election we have created two point four million new jobs including thank including two hundred thousand new jobs in manufacturing alone for many thanks. after years and years of wage stagnation we are finally seeing rising wages thanks i know ploy meant claims have hit a forty five year low thanks.
and something i'm very proud of african-american unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded thanks . and hispanic american unemployment has also reached the lowest levels in history thank . you all business confidence is at an all time high the stock market has smashed one record after another gaining eight trillion dollars and more
in value in just this short period of time the great news. thank you. great news for americans four zero one k. retirement pension and college savings accounts have gone through the roof and just as i promised the american people from this podium eleven months ago we enacted the biggest tax cuts and reforms in american history. thank.
our massive tax cuts provide tremendous relief for the middle class and small business to lower tax rates for hardworking americans we nearly doubled the standard deduction for everyone. now the first twenty four thousand dollars earned by a married couple is completely tax free. we also doubled the child tax credit. typical family of four making seventy five thousand dollars will see their tax bill reduced by two thousand dollars slashing their tax bill in half thanks.
in april this will be the last time you will ever file under the. old and very broken system and millions of americans will have more take home pay starting next month a lot of thanks . we eliminated and especially cruel tax that fell mostly on americans making less than fifty thousand dollars a year forcing them to pay tremendous penalties simply because they couldn't afford a government ordered health plan we repealed thank all of the
disastrous all pama care the individual mandate is now guy on. was thank. you. we slashed the business tax rate from thirty five percent all the way down to twenty one percent so american companies can compete and win against anyone else anywhere in the world thanks changes alone are estimated to increase average family income by more than four thousand dollars a lot of money
thank you all businesses have also received a massive tax code and can now deed. twenty percent of their business income here tonight are steve stoute and sandy kepler of stab manufacturing a small beautiful business in ohio they've just finished the best year in their twenty year history. thanks . because of tax reform they are handing out raises hiring an additional fourteen people and expanding into the building next door good feeling
thank you one of stabs employees corey out on us is also with us tonight corey is an all american worker he supported himself through high school lost his job during the two thousand and eight recession and was later hired by stab where he trained to become a welder like many hard working americans corey plans to invest his tax cut raise into his new home and his two daughters education cory please stand thank . you and he's
a great welder. i was told that by the man that owns that company that's doing so well so congratulations cory. since we passed tax cuts roughly three million workers have already gotten tax cut bonuses many of them thousands and thousands of dollars per worker and it's getting more every month every week apple has just announced it plans to invest a total of three hundred and fifty billion dollars in america and hire another twenty thousand workers thanks . and just a little while ago exxon mobil announced
a fifty billion dollars investment in the united states just a little thank. this in fact is our new american moment there has never been a better time to start living the american dream so to every citizen watching at home tonight no matter where you've been or where you've come from this is your time if you work hard if you believe in yourself if you believe in america and you can dream anything you can be anything and together we can achieve absolutely anything thanks thanks
. tonight i want to talk about what kind of future we're going to have and what kind of a nation we're going to be. all of us together as one team one people and one american family can do anything we all share the same home the same heart the same destiny and the same great american flag thank you gether we are rediscovering the american way in america we know that faith and
tonight is preston shaab a twelve year old boy from reading california who noticed that veterans graves were not marked with flags on vet. or instead he decided all by himself to change that and started a movement that has now placed forty thousand flags at the graves of our great heroes resting thanks job well done thank . you young patriots like preston teach all of us about our civic duty.
has america and i met peston a little while ago and he has something very special that i can tell you great future thank you very much for all you've done preston thank you very much thank. president reverence for those who have served our nation reminds us of why we salute our flag why we put our hands on our hearts for the pledge of allegiance and why we proudly stand for the national anthem. thanks be thank. be ready be.
thank americans love their country and they deserve a government that shows them the same love and loyalty in return for the last year we have sought to restore the bonds of trust between our citizens and their government. working with the senate we are appointing judges who will interpret the constitution as written including a great new supreme court justice and more circuit court judges than any new administration in the history of our country be thank . you are totally defending our second amendment and have taken historic ag.
my administration has already removed more than one thousand five hundred v.a. employees who failed to give our veterans the care they deserve and we are hiring talented people who love our vets as much as we do thank you. and i will not stop until our veterans are properly taken care of which has been my promise to them from the very beginning of this great journey thank you. all americans deserve
a count. ability and respect and that's what we are giving to our wonderful heroes our veterans thank you tonight i call on congress to empower every cabinet secretary with the authority to reward good workers and to remove federal employees who undermine the public trust or fail the american people thanking our drive to make washington accountable we have a limited more regulations in our first year than any administration in the history of our country
workers so that we can get motor city revving its engines again and that's what's happened thank you. many car companies are now building and expanding plants in the united states something we haven't seen for decades chrysler is moving a major plant from mexico to michigan toyota and mazda are opening up a plant in alabama big one and we haven't seen this in a long time talking bank thank
you. very soon auto plants another plants will be opening up all over our country this is all news americans are totally unaccustomed to here for many years companies and jobs were only leaving us but now they are roaring back they're coming back to a wanna be where the action is they want to be in the united states of america that's where the much thank . exciting progress is happening every
single day. to speed access to breakthrough cures and affordable generic drugs last year the f.d.a. approved more new and generic drugs and medical devices then ever before in our country's history thanks . we also believe that patients with terminal conditions terminal illness should have access to experiment of treatment immediately that could potentially save their lives people who are terminally ill should not have to go from country to country to seek a cure i want to give them a chance right here at home it's time for congress to give these
administration to make fixing the injustice of high drug prices one of my top priorities for the year thanks and prices will come down substantially watch. america has also finally turned the page or decades of unfair trade deals that sacrificed our prosperity and shipped away our companies our jobs and our. wealth our nation has lost its wealth but we're getting it back so fast the era of economic surrender is totally over from now on we expect trading
relationships to be fair and very importantly reciprocal thank you will work to fix bad trade deals and negotiate new ones and they'll be good ones but they'll be fair and we will protect american workers and american intellectual property through strong enforcement of our trade rules thanks we rebuild our industries it is also time to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure thanks.
thank you america is a nation of builders we built the empire state building in just one year isn't it a disgrace that it can now take ten years just to get a minor permit approved for the building of a simple road. thank you i am asking both parties to come together to give us safe fast reliable and modern infrastructure that our economy needs and our people deserve thank
you note i'm calling on congress to produce a bill that generates at least one point five trillion dollars for the new infrastructure investment that our country so desperately needs. every federal dollar should be leveraged by partnering with state and local governments and where appropriate tapping into private sector investment to permanently fix the infrastructure deficit and we can do it thank you the bill must also streamline the permeating approval process getting it down to no more than two years and perhaps even one together we can reclaim
our great building heritage thank you we will build looming new roads bridges highways railways and waterways all across our land and we will do it with american heart in american hands and american grit thanks we want every american to know the dignity of a hard day's work we want every child to be safe in their home at night and we want every citizen to be proud of this land that we all love so much we can
lift our citizens from welfare to work from dependence to independence and from poverty to prosperity. i thank i was tax cuts create new jobs let's invest in workforce development and let's invest in job training which we need so badly thousand let's open great vocational schools so our future workers can learn a craft or realize their full potential thanks
let's support working families by supporting paid family leave thousand three . hundred strength opportunity must be extended to all citizens. that is why this year we will embark on reforming our prisons to help former inmates who have served their time get a second chance at life thanks struggling communities especially immigrant communities will also be helped by
immigration policies that focus on the best interests of american workers and american families for decades open borders have allowed drugs and gangs to pour into our most vulnerable communities favor allowed millions of low wage workers to compete for jobs and wages against the poorest americans most tragically they have caused the loss of many innocent lives here tonight our two fathers and two mothers evelyn read riggers freddy quavers a lizabeth alvarado and robert mickens their two teenage daughters keylock waves and nice americans were close friends on long out but in september two thousand and sixteen on the eve of nieces sixteenth birthday such a happy time it should have been neither of them came home. these two
precious girls were brutally murdered while walking together in their hometown six members of the savage m.s. thirteen gang have been charged with kayla and nieces murders many of these gang members took advantage of glaring loopholes in our laws to enter the country as illegal unaccompanied alien minors and wound up in kayla and nieces high school. evelyn elizabeth freddy and robert tonight everyone in this chamber is praying for you everyone in america is grieving for you at least and thank you very much thank you have.
that kind of sorrow we can make sure that other families never have to endure this kind of pain. tonight i am calling on congress to finally close the deadly loopholes that have allowed m s thirteen and other criminal gangs to break into our country we have proposed new legislation that will fix our immigration laws and support our ice and border patrol agents these are great people these are great great people that work so hard in the midst of such danger so that this can never happen again. thank . you. thank you united states is
a compassionate nation. we are proud that we do more than any other country anywhere in the world to help the needy the struggling and the underprivileged all over the world but as president of the united states my highest loyalty my greatest compassion my constant concern is for america's child america's struggling workers and america's forgotten communities i want our youth to grow up to achieve great things i want our poor to have their chance to rise so tonight i am extending an open hand to work with members of both parties democrats and republicans to protect our citizens of every background color religion and creed thank
you. thank you my duty and the sacred duty of every elected official in this chamber is to defend americans to protect their safety their families their communities and their right to the american dream because americans are dreamers to. thanks here tonight is one leader in the effort to defend our country homeland security investigation special agent seles tino martinez he goes by d.j.
and c.j. he said call me either one so we'll call you c.j. . served fifteen years in the air force before becoming an ice ages and spending the last fifteen years fighting gang violence and getting dangerous criminals off of our streets. at one point m.s. thirteen leaders ordered c.j.'s murder and they wanted it to happen quickly but he did not cave to threats or to fear last may he commanded an operation to track down gang members on long island his team has arrested nearly four hundred including more than two hundred twenty m. s. thirteen gang members. and i have to tell you what the border patrol and ice have done we have sent thousands and thousands and thousands of m.s.
thirteen horrible people out of this country or into our presence so i just want to congratulate you c.j. you're a brave guy thank you very much thank . you. thank you and i asked c.j. what's the secret he said we're just tougher than they are and i like that it's thanks now let's get congress to stand you and all of the people in this great chamber have to do it we have no choice c.j. we're going to send you reinforcements and we're going to send them to you quickly
what you can thank. over the next few weeks the house and senate will be voting on an immigration reform package in recent months my administration has met extensively with both democrats and republicans to craft a bipartisan approach to immigration reform based on these discussions we presented congress with a detailed proposal that should be supported by both parties as a fair compromise one where nobody gets everything they want but where our country gets the critical reforms it needs and must have thang. thank
you. here are the four pillars of our plan. the first pillar of our framework generously offers a path to citizenship. for one point eight million illegal immigrants who were brought here by their parents at a young age that covers almost three times more people than the previous administration covered thank you under our plan those who. has never been. a constant iraq are will be able to become full citizens of the united states over a twelve year period. the second pillar fully secures the border
thank you. that means building a great wall on the southern border and it means hiring more heroes like c.j. to keep our communities safe. thank . her surely our plan closes the terrible loopholes exploited by criminals and terrorists to enter our country and it finally ends the horrible and dangerous. actus of catch and release.
and the. third pillar and the visa lottery a program that randomly hands out green cards without any regard for skill merit or the safety of american people. it's time to begin moving toward a merit based immigration system one that it mist people who are skilled who want to work who will contribute to our society and who will love and respect our country. and the. thank you.