But he sought to repurpose the term "dreamer", saying that it shouldn't be an excuse to shortchange Americans' economic prospects or safety.
The speech Tuesday night marked the second major time since inauguration that America saw Trump play the role of a more traditional president, sticking to the teleprompter for about an hour and a half before both chambers of Congress as he outlined policy ideas and singled out individual Americans for praise.
Trump also invoked the great "American Dream" and re-counted his successes in the last one-year.
For decades, he lamented, "open borders" had allowed "drugs and gangs to pour into" the United States.
Those sitting alongside the first lady included an OH welder who the White House says will benefit from the new tax law, and the parents of two Long Island teenagers who were believed to have been killed by MS-13 gang members. But what wasn't typical was the 14 Democrats who refused to attend, the most lawmakers in history to protest the event, according to CNN. He said, small business confidence is all time high and unemployment is at a 45-year low.
"Preston, a job well done", Trump said. "But we're getting it back so fast".
Earlier this month, Paul E Funk II, the commanding general of the U.S. operation against ISIL in Syria and Iraq, said that while "more than 98 percent of the land once claimed by the terrorist group has been returned to the people", the armed group's "repressive ideology continues" and conditions remain for the armed group to return. "We will build gleaming new roads, bridges, highways, railways and waterways across our land", he said.
The "rising tide lifts all boats" idea remains a popular GOP theory, namely that a tax cut for the very rich creates indirect benefits for middle- and lower-class Americans. "The individual mandate is now gone". Trump, who has called Mueller's probe a "witch hunt", has denied any collusion with Russian Federation or that he has obstructed justice in his actions related to the federal investigation.
The president also claimed roughly 3 million workers have received bonuses stemming from the tax cuts.
Trump has given Americans ample reason for skepticism, especially if his goal is national unity and the "new American moment" he described in his address.
Many Democrats don't think the proposal goes far enough, and some right-wing Republicans would prefer to deport all the Dreamers.
President Trump also took the opportunity of his address to talk about his initiatives from the previous year - such as tax reforms, energy reforms "eliminating" regulations and restrictions.
"It is not enough to come together only in times of tragedy", said Trump.
Trump has made aggressive attacks a hallmark of his political style and the first year of his presidency, using hisTwitter account to attack celebrities, Democrats and members of his own party and cabinet.
"While the president did not speak to the importance of human rights in his speech tonight, we know that there are powerful movements around the world of peaceful activists who have shown that they are ready and able to stand up for human rights worldwide".
The Spanish response, given by Virginia state Del.