After weeks of postponement due to the government shutdown, President Donald Trump will be addressing the public in his State of the Union Feb. 5. While it has yet to be determined what the president will be discussing, speculators say immigration will be at the center of his speech. One indication that his focus will be on immigration and the border wall is by the president himself.
People are already assuming that immigration will be the focus of President Trump’s State of the Union address.
With Caravans marching through Mexico and toward our Country, Republicans must be prepared to do whatever is necessary for STRONG Border Security. Dems do nothing. If there is no Wall, there is no Security. Human Trafficking, Drugs and Criminals of all dimensions – KEEP OUT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2019
The president also hinted at the possibility of demanding billions for the border wall by declaring a state of emergency, which would bypass a Senate vote and give him direct access to the money. Whatever Trump discusses during the State of the Union, he will have to face some very important people in the audience.
Regardless of Trump’s focus, all eyes have been on who elected officials will bring as their guest.
— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) February 4, 2019
Lawmakers are allowed to bring a guest to the event and usually use the moment to bring people who have been impacted by the recent governmental decisions. The guests usually fuel the political discourse and shed light on issues ongoing in the country.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s guest will be activist Ana Maria Archila, who confronted Republican Jeff Flake during the Brett Kavanaugh hearings.
NOW: @AnaMariaArchil2 confronts @JeffFlake before Senate Judiciary Committee. Shares her story of sexual assault and demands an explanation on his statement saying he will vote to confirm Kavanaugh. He refuses to answer. #StopKavanaugh @CPDAction @BeAHeroTeam pic.twitter.com/VUZI8C0XVM
— Make the Road Action (@MaketheRoadAct) September 28, 2018
“I’m proud to announce that my #StateOfTheUnion guest will be @AnaMariaArchil2,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Ana Maria is the NY14-er who famously jumped into the elevator with Sen. Flake to elevate the stories of survivors everywhere. She‘s living proof that the courage within all of us can change the world.” She added: “She wasn’t planning on leaping into that elevator ahead of the Kavanaugh vote, but after hearing the stories of survivors across the country, she went in. A defining moment.”
About the invite, Archila told The Intercept: “I just feel particularly moved that in her first participation in the State of the Union, she is inviting me to join and inviting that moment of the elevator, my confrontation with the men who do not understand the life of women and the lives of people who are not in power, that she’s inviting that into the imagination of people again.”
California Rep. Jimmy Gomez said he will bring Trump’s former employee who disclosed her undocumented status.
Sandra Diaz — one of Trump’s former housekeepers — will be my #SOTU guest.
When I first met Sandra, I was inspired by her story & courage. It’s no small feat for a migrant from Costa Rica to stand up to a bully & hypocrite in the @WhiteHouse.
— Rep. Jimmy Gomez (@RepJimmyGomez) February 2, 2019
“When I first met Sandra, I was inspired by her story and her courage,” Gomez said in a statement. “It’s no small feat for a migrant from Costa Rica to stand up to a bully and hypocrite in the White House. She is living proof that President Trump couldn’t be more wrong — both morally and factually — when he demonizes those who come to America seeking a better life. Apparently, the Trump Organization had no problem with hiring undocumented immigrants like Sandra to polish their golf clubs, serve them drinks, and make their beds. Treating these hardworking people with dignity, however, was clearly a bridge too far.”
California Rep. Gil Cisneros invited student and DACA recipient Miriam Tellez.
On February 5th, Miriam Tellez will be attending the State of Union Address in Washington DC as Congressman Gil Cisneros’ special guest. Today some of our members attended a Town Hall Meeting to support her. Thank you, Miriam! @RepGilCisneros @csuf @TDRC_CSUF @DIRC_CSUF @ASICSUF pic.twitter.com/3v4h3WgMzA
— DREAM Co-op (@DREAMco_op) February 3, 2019
“It is a privilege to host Miriam at tomorrow’s State of the Union Address,” Rep. Cisneros said in a statement. “She is a leader in her community at CSU Fullerton as an advocate for supporting our DREAMers and TPS holders who are seeking higher education degrees. DREAMers are students, service members, neighbors, and our friends. Above all, they are real people. And it is crass and inhumane for the President to try and leverage them, their families, and the DACA program he is responsible for ending to extract a senseless border wall. DREAMers are so much more than bargaining chips, they are valued community members who want nothing more than to contribute to the country they love.”
New Jersey Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman will bring another undocumented former Trump employee.
"I’m not nervous at all. I feel brave. I’ve come forward, out into the light, and I’m not scared of anything anymore." – Victorina Morales, former employee at Trump golf club, on attending tomorrow's #SOTU https://t.co/ftV4KcmCR3
— Working Families Party (@WorkingFamilies) February 4, 2019
“Immigrants, by and large, are hardworking, trustworthy, and skilled people who simply want to work and build better lives here,” Watson Coleman said in a statement. “For years these kinds of people were loyal and dedicated enough to be Trump Organization employees. I hope that in his State of the Union address, Donald Trump will finally acknowledge the real face of immigrants in this country — women, and children fleeing violence, law-abiding, tax-paying people who would do almost anything to be Americans. And if he can’t, I’ve invited Victoria so that he may look her in her eyes to tell his lies to a familiar face.”
Trump’s State of the Union will air Feb. 5 at 9:00 p.m. EST/6:00 p.m. PST on all local channels.