CBS News' Major Garrett: Trump's Agenda of Helping Minority Communities Is a 'Policy Legacy'

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Posted: Dec 30, 2019 6:05 AM

CBS News' Major Garrett applauded President Donald Trump and his administration for making strides to help minority communities. According to Garrett, Trump's successes are a "legacy" that "almost any president would want to claim." 

Garrett named a number of the administration's successes, including funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and the passage of the FIRST STEP Act, which focuses on helping inmates reenter society and slow the recidivism rate.

"It can be fairly said that this administration, because of President Trump's quiet prodding, has done quite a bit for funding of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The FIRST STEP Act, which was a massive first step towards criminal justice reform..." Garrett explained. "Just a couple weeks ago in this newly-signed defense bill there is a law that says if you are seeking work for the federal government or any contractor, you don't have to be asked – and you can't be asked – about your criminal history until right toward the end. That's a significant change long sought by criminal justice advocates. Plus opportunities owned in the tax bill directed at communities of color."

"That is a legacy, on the agenda side, that almost any president after three years, would want to claim," Garrett concluded.

The Trump administration has made great strides in other areas. Unemployment is at an all-time low for Hispanics and Blacks and at a 50-year low across the board. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has put more money in people's pockets and put Americans back to work.