The president is expected to muse on current events, outline his administration’s objectives and make the case for his nascent presidency’s policy agenda.
9:11 p.m.: “A new surge of optimism is placing impossible dreams firmly in our grasp.”
9:16 p.m.: Trump name-checks companies he says have kept jobs in the U.S. under his presidency
9:22 p.m.: Trump claims enforcing immigration laws will make Americans safer
“By finally enforcing our immigration laws, we will raise wages, help the unemployed, save billions of dollars, and make our communities safer for everyone,” Trump said.
On the last point, multiple studies have concluded immigrants commit less crime than U.S. citizens, according to the New York Times. According to the Times, census data shows immigrant men aged 18-49 are one-fifth to one-half as likely to face incarceration as natural-born citizens, while non-citizens (comprising 7% of the population) are only 5% of the state and federal prison population.