WASHINGTON — President Trump declared on Monday that a plan to protect
young immigrants from deportation is “dead” and repeated his
calls for Mexico to enforce border security laws and prevent immigrants
from coming to the United States illegally.
In a series of tweets Monday morning, Mr. Trump again referred to “large
‘Caravans’ of people” headed toward the United States.
The “caravans,” a popular topic on Fox News, are a group of
hundreds of Central Americans who have been traveling through Mexico with
the goal of crossing into the United States to seek asylum, or sneak across
the border. A BuzzFeed reporter has been traveling with the group and
chronicling the experience.
Mr. Trump’s tweets were a continuation of his Easter Sunday Twitter
posts in which he blamed Democrats and the Mexican government for the
illegal flow of immigrants into the United States. They come at a time
when conservative commentator Ann Coulter has been critical of Mr. Trump
for abandoning his base and not fulfilling his campaign promise about
Two hours later, Mr. Trump tweeted that Mexico “is making a fortune”
on the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA.
Mexico’s foreign secretary, Luis Videgaray Caso, responded on Twitter
on Sunday and defended his country’s cooperation with the United
States on border security.
The president on Monday blamed Democrats for weak immigration policy and
called on Congress to act, tweeting that “our country is being stolen.”
The House and Senate — both controlled by Republicans — are
in recess and return next week.
Mr. Trump’s declaration that “DACA is dead” is a reference
to the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which
protected hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation.
The president’s position on the program is a moving target. Mr. Trump
ended the program last year, but courts have blocked his decision. He
also has said that he would sign a bipartisan proposal to protect the
young immigrants, but he regularly threatens Democrats that there will
be no deal.
Less than two weeks ago, Mr. Trump tweeted, “remember DACA, the Democrats
abandoned you (but we will not)!”
The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said on Monday
that the president has made offers about the immigration policy.
“He wanted to see something get done, and Democrats refused to actually
put something on the table or work with the president to get anything
done,” Ms. Sanders said. “They wanted to use DACA recipients
as political pawns.”
Representative Mike Coffman, Republican of Colorado, said on Sunday that
the president’s announcement on DACA comes at a bad time.
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