Hello, I'm Neil Nunes with the BBC News. PresidentTrump has used his maiden State of the Unionaddress to come to Congress to appeal toAmericans to set aside their differences andto uniteas one family. He said his first year in office hastaken forward his righteous mission to makeAmerica great again. Mr. Trump appealed for renewedbipartisan efforts to approve immigration reforms, which he said would protect the safety ofall Americans. He said his plan will also offer a pass to citizenship for nearly two millionimmigrants brought inillegally as children.
This vital reform is necessary, not just for our economy but for our security and for thefuture of America. In recent weeks, two terrorist attacks in New York were made possible by theVisa Lottery and Chain Migration. In the age of terrorism, these programs present risks.We canjust no longer afford. It's time to reform these outdated immigration rules. President Trumpalso asked Congress for more military funding to tackle global threats. Around the world, weface rogue regimes, terrorist groups and rivals like China and Russia that challenge ourinterests, our economy and our values. In confronting this horrible dangers, we know thatweakness is the surest path to conflict and unmatched power is the surest means to our trueand great defense.
The United Nations says more than a quarter of a million of Syrians have fled the northwest ofthe country since the middle of the December after the government launched a new offensive.A senior UN aid official Ursula Mueller told the UN Security Council that air strikes and fighting inIdlib province and northern Hama had displaced 270,000 people. World news from the BBC.