One Detroit - President Trump's Address to Congress

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Tonight at 9:00 P.M. ET, President Trump will give his first speech to a joint session of Congress in the House Chamber in the Capitol Building.

According to Politico, "Instead of reflecting on the state of the United States in the past year like a State of the Union address, the first joint session speech is typically used to outline a new president’s goals for his administration. President Trump will do exactly that — and try to downplay the chaos that has plagued his first 40 days in office."

More specifically, Politico also noted that The White House "circulated 11 talking points about the president’s speech the day before his speech, saying President Trump 'will lay out an optimistic vision for the country that crosses the traditional lines of party, race and socioeconomic status.' The highlights promised a focus on national security, tax and regulatory reform, 'saving American families from the disaster of Obamacare' and education. 

One Detroit has produced several videos focusing on both immigration and education over the last year and we thought we'd highlight those clips in prepraration for tonight's Address to Congress:

 

Immigration

 

Numerous protests have been sparked nationwide—and in our own cities of Detroit, Dearborn, and Hamtramck—as a result of President Trump’s recent immigration ban. The One Detroit team presents a story we recently captured of Rashida Tlaib, a woman confronting hate as she strives to realize her version of the American Dream.

Hundreds gathered in front of Hamtramck City Hall on January 29, 2017 to protest President Donald Trump’s executive order creating travel restrictions from seven countries with large Muslim populations. Hamtramck is home to many Muslims immigrants and their American born children.

On Wednesday, February 1, 2017, ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services) hosted an ‘emergency town hall’ to address President Donald Trump’s executive order on travel. The controversial order restricts travel from mostly Muslims coming from Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya and Yemen.

Arab American News reporter and Detroit Journalism Cooperative contributor, Hassan Khalifeh, spent some time with one Detroiter worried for his mother planning to return from Iraq - a woman soon to become an American citizen after living in the U.S. for 17 years.

ln the past two decades Hamtramck’s Muslim population has grown, with immigrants and refugees from countries including Bosnia, Bangledesh and Yemen. 

 

Education

 

With changing landscape of racial and ethnic diversity in our schools in this country, the educational system is facing new challenges. Here in the Detroit Metro area, we are seeing a steady increase of cultural students populating the school systems.

Detroit Public TV, a Detroit Journalism Cooperative partner, looks at the future of one student suspended multiple times and what’s being done to change policies concerning suspensions in Michigan schools

Detroit Public TV, a Detroit Journalism Cooperative partner, takes a look at the choices made by one African American family living in a predominantly white suburb with a highly rated school system that’s decided their best option means traveling nearly two hours a day, a regimen that begins well before sunrise and ends long after sunset every day, just to get the public education they feel they deserve, even if it’s closer to the urban core, in River Rouge.

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