Trump pulls DACA deal off table, demands Congress take action on border security

UPDATE 2 — 4/4, 5:10 p.m. EDT: The Department of Homeland Security issued a statement Wednesday announcing the future deployment of National Guard troops to help secure the U.S. southern border through increased surveillance efforts.

According to anonymous White House officials, the plan, endorsed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, will not allow military personnel to deal directly with immigrants detained at the border.

 

UPDATE — 4/3, 12:35 p.m. EDT: The Mexican Foreign Ministry said in a statement Monday it has returned approximately 400 of the 1,500 person caravan who entered Mexico illegally to their country of origin — Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. 

The remaining migrants, organized by advocacy group Pueblo Sin Fronteras, will continue to seek asylum in the U.S. or Mexico due to poverty, violence and political corruption in Central America. 

According to Pueblo Sin Fronteras director Irineo Mujica, however, a significant portion will attempt to settle in Mexico City and not attempt to cross the U.S. border.

 

After BuzzFeed reported Friday a caravan of over 1,000 Central American migrants is making its way to the U.S. unimpeded, President Trump harnessed Twitter to rule out any bargain with Democrats on the legal status of Dreamers.

After offering Easter greetings, the president embarked on a string of tweets castigating congressional Democrats for delaying action on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.

In order to handle the illegal immigrant concern, Mr. Trump suggested Senate Republicans should change rules to eliminate the filibuster to pass legislation.

Specifically recommending Majority Leader Mitch McConnell invoke the “Nuclear Option,” Trump claims America’s southern border is becoming more dangerous and a rule change is the best alternative.

An Obama-era program created in June 2012 to shield minors from deportation, the policy offered a renewable deferred action every two years and work permits to those illegal immigrants who qualified.

Known as “Dreamers,” over 800,000 currently living in the U.S. are under DACA protection.

Long the subject of heated debate, former President Obama created the DACA program by executive action after immigration legislation stalled in Congress.  GOP lawmakers accused Obama of executive overreach following the action.

In the fall of 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the program had been reviewed and its implementation would be suspended for six months, but DACA status and Employment Authorization Documents expiring before March 5 would be renewed.

President Trump later demanded Congress take up the matter and create legislation to legally authorize the program.

In the same tweet storm, Trump criticized the Mexican government for refusing to do its part to stem the flow of illegal immigration and accused immigrants of taking advantage of the DACA program to enter the U.S.

 

[Reuters] [The Hill] [CNN] [BuzzFeed] [NBC News] [Photo courtesy Reuters via International Business Times]