Trump: DACA Deal is Off, Mexico Needs to Act

Trump threatens to end NAFTA 'cash cow' if Mexico doesn't help
April 1, 2018 Updated: April 1, 2018

President Donald Trump said on Twitter on Sunday, April 1, that there will not be a deal on legalizing the status of young adult Dreamers, citing impotent laws and a lack of cooperation from Mexico. Trump declared that the U.S.-Mexico border is becoming more dangerous.

Dreamers are aliens who were illegally brought into the country as children by their parents.

“Border Patrol Agents are not allowed to properly do their job at the Border because of ridiculous liberal (Democrat) laws like Catch & Release. Getting more dangerous. ‘Caravans’ coming. Republicans must go to Nuclear Option to pass tough laws NOW. NO MORE DACA DEAL!” Trump posted on the social media platform.

He also threatened to kill the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which is currently being renegotiated with Mexico and Canada.

DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is the program created in 2012 under Democratic former President Barack Obama as a temporary measure designed to shield individuals brought to the United States as children by illegal immigrants by giving them work permits.

Trump is spending the Easter holiday in Palm Beach, Florida, at his Mar-a-Lago resort. He told reporters on his way into Easter services at the Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal church that “Mexico has got to help us at the border.”

Trump has said he was open to brokering a deal with congressional Democrats who want to protect the program in exchange for funding to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall, Trump’s signature campaign promise. He insisted during his presidential campaign that Mexico would pay for the wall.

Although Trump threatened a veto last month of an omnibus spending bill because it did not address the fate of Dreamers and did not fully fund his border wall, he did sign the bill.

Trump on Sunday continued on Twitter that Mexico is doing “very little, if not NOTHING,” to stop the flow of people across the southern border.

“They laugh at our dumb immigration laws. They must stop the big drug and people flows, or I will stop their cash cow, NAFTA. NEED WALL!”

Last week, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer expressed optimism that negotiations to modify NAFTA to terms more favorable to the United States were making progress and that a deal in principle could be reached quickly.

The thorniest issues in the NAFTA talks with Mexico and Canada concern U.S. demands on automotive trade and dispute settlement systems. Linking the future of the 24-year-old trade deal to Trump’s border wall plan has not previously been among U.S. negotiating objectives.

 

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