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Trump Tells Dreamers on Easter Sunday: ‘No More DACA Deal!’

Trump Tells Dreamers on Easter Sunday: ‘No More DACA Deal!’

In a series of tweets, President Trump blamed Democrats and the Mexican government for allowing undocumented Mexican immigrants into the country, exclaiming “NO MORE DACA DEAL” in one of the tweets.

Just an hour and a half after tweeting “HAPPY EASTER,” the president began tweeting about Mexican immigrants and DACA. The tweets are said to have been inspired by a Fox News segment about caravans of Mexicans coming across the border into the United States.

The tweets have been criticized not only because of the divisiveness of the message on Easter Sunday, but also because they may suggest the president doesn’t understand the way DACA works. Undocumented immigrants—from any country, not just Mexico—are only eligible for DACA if they lived in the U.S. since 2007, got here before turning 16 and were younger than 31 in June 2012. So none of the “big flows of people” who “are all trying to take advantage of DACA” would actually be eligible for the program as it stands now.

Hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients—all young people who likely don’t know any other country as home—are currently only being protected by the program because federal judges have ruled that the way Trump ended the protection was “arbitrary and capricious.”

The president also threatened the North American Free Trade Agreement—something he’s done before, saying it hurts the U.S. economy and costs the country jobs—if Mexico doesn’t secure its northern border. Just last week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to talk about collaborating on security and trade issues, according to The New York Times.

The president continued his immigration comments on Twitter Monday.

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