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Trump news: What you need to know on Feb. 28

People look at written messages posted on the building outside the official opening of the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday February 28, 2017. U.S. President Donald Trump's sons Donald Jr. and Eric attended the opening.

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Trump calls for sweeping immigration reform in speech to Congress

In his first speech to a joint session of Congress, United States President Donald Trump laid out his near-term agenda, complete with his protectionist campaign rhetoric as well as a few hints at conciliation and efforts to build relationships with his political opponents. Mr. Trump is calling for sweeping immigration reform with a "merit-based" method for allowing people into the U.S., citing Canada's system as a model. This system prioritizes those with the greatest potential to succeed economically in the country, but Mr. Trump offered few details around implementation.

Trump says he might be to blame for poor communication on immigration

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Mr. Trump said in an interview with Fox & Friends television program that his immigration goals may not have been communicated effectively, and he may use his speech to Congress later Tuesday to address the poor messaging. Mr. Trump gave himself a "C or C+" on communication, but in terms of achievement, gave himself an A "because I think I've done great things."

Trump mulling immigration bill with pathway to legal status: report

Mr. Trump is considering introducing legislation to provide a pathway to legal status, for illegal immigrants in the U.S., CNN reported Tuesday. According to a senior White House official, this would provide a pathway, but not immediately lead to citizenship. CNN said that Mr. Trump thinks a comprehensive immigration bill that allows illegal immigrants to hold a job and pay taxes has a chance of clearing Congress. Mr. Trump may bring this up in his speech on Tuesday evening.

Protesters, security gather for Vancouver opening of Trump Tower

With the grand opening of the Trump Tower in Vancouver set for Tuesday, dozens of police and security were present, with people carrying anti-Trump signs and demonstrating to the sound of reggae music. Protesters carried signs reading "Love Trumps Hate" and "Deport Racism" behind metal barriers protecting the 69-storey building, which has become a focal point for demonstrations against Mr. Trump. There were also reports of some heated arguments between pro-Trump and anti-Trump attendees.

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