Allow me an obvious observation: There is no other country like the United States.
The world needs us strong and ready. The world looks to us as a leader and partner. If America falls, everyone gets hurt.
The Trump Administration--they are putting a wall between you and the voting booth. But I have news for you here: They failed! During the November elections, Latinos, especially young people, came out to vote in historic numbers!
You don't believe me? With your votes last November, you changed the composition of Congress. The votes of congress members the President relied on, he no longer has them.
Don't you think that it is already the time that we in our government build schools, not walls? Then, get those hands ready to vote in the next election! Imagine if we had the power to decide this nation's political agenda.
The Trump Administration are also putting a wall between our veterans and their medical services. They are ready to waste millions of dollars on a border wall instead of helping our veterans who deal with long delays in hospitals.
My parents began their life together in the United States for the same reason that many people come to this country: to work hard and give their children a better life. Upon leaving Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, they brought with them their faith and not much else. They trusted in the promise of this country that all those who work hard and play by the rules, have earned the opportunity to get ahead.
I know I am the product of those who fought to open the doors of opportunity. The optimism--that characterizes the waves of immigrants who have come here-- runs through my blood. And if the state of our nation can be characterized as "strong," it is because people like my parents and yours--citizens or immigrants--built this country.
How can it be that what defines the state of our country in 2019 is the shutdown of the government at the hands President Trump?
Who would believe that the state of our union would be propelled by President Trump's extravagant obsession to build a wall on the border that not even the experts want? The President no longer even repeats his promise that Mexico will pay for the thousands of millions of dollars that the wall would cost.
And if all that were not enough to worry us, how can it be explained that our nation lives under an intense investigation about Russian interference in our 2016 presidential elections?
Tonight was about convincing us that, from here on out, the deceit and dysfunction would stop and that cooperation would begin. What we heard was the same tired refrain of building walls.
The above quotations are from 2019 State of the Union address to Congress, plus the Republican Democratic Feb. 28, 2019.
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