WASHINGTON (CBSMiami) – When President Donald Trump delivers his first State of the Union address Tuesday night, expect it to revolve around the theme of “building a safe, strong, and proud America.”
White House officials say President Trump will deliver a “unifying” message at his first state of the union speech Tuesday night, a speech that’s expected to be heavy on immigration.
“It’s a big speech and an important speech,” Trump said. “We cover immigration and for many years – for many, many years they’ve been talking immigration. They never got anything done. We’re going to get something done.”
The president is offering a pathway to citizenship for nearly two million “dreamers.”
Hundreds of thousands of them now rely on DACA for legal status and work permits.
In exchange, he wants $25 billion for the border wall and security, changes to the visa lottery program and an end to family based migration, which the white house calls chain migration.
“The president’s put forward a very- a very tremendous compromise to get this solved once and for all,” said Marc Short, White House Legislative Affairs Director.
But the president’s plan is going to get pushback from conservatives opposed to any plan they deem as amnesty.
And many democrats are opposed to cutting off legal migration for immigrants who have family members in the United States.
“That plan is a campaign to make America white again,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Miami Congresswoman Fredrica Wilson is one of at least five members of Congress who are skipping the State of the Union.
“I’m not going because to go would be to honor the president and I don’t think he deserves to be honored at this time – after being so hateful towards black people and then black countries, Haiti and the whole continent of Africa, it hurts,” said Wilson.
Infrastructure is another hot topic to watch out for in Tuesday night’s speech.
President Trump wants more than a trillion dollars to fix America’s roads and bridges, but he’s asking for $200 billion from the federal government, the rest of the money is supposed to come from states, local communities and private investors.
“I think as we continue to roll back the regulatory front, there’ll be more private investment coming in,” said Short.
Infrastructure is expected to get bipartisan support but the details will be heavily debated.
The president is not expected to touch on the third “I” word floating around Washington these days; investigation.
The president will likely steer clear of all talk about the Russia probe being conducted in Congress and by special counsel investigator Robert Mueller.
What will be notable Tuesday night is not just what the president says, but who’s in the room.
Democratic lawmakers – some planning to wear black – have invited dreamers and sexual assault victims as their guests at the address, highlighting the need for immigration reform and solidarity with the #MeToo movement.
Besides the five members of Congress not attending the State of the Union, a member of the Supreme Court is also skipping the speech. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is currently on a speaking tour and is not expected to attend.