WASHINGTON — President Trump revived his rhetorical attacks Monday on Mexico, immigration, and the Democrats, even though illegal border crossings are down and the president himself killed off a key program at issue.
In a series of early morning tweets, Trump pronounced last rites on the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals program, which is designed to shield the children of undocumented workers from deportation.
“DACA is dead because the Democrats didn’t care or act, and now everyone wants to get onto the DACA bandwagon … No longer works,” Trump tweeted. “Must build Wall and secure our borders with proper Border legislation. Democrats want No Borders, hence drugs and crime!”
Yet Trump himself last year terminated the DACA program begun by predecessor Barack Obama, and in the months since has rejected various congressional proposals to re-create it.
Also, illegal immigration has declined in recent years, as Trump himself pointed out in a February tweet in which he lauded a ”45 year low on illegal border crossings this year.”
Echoing tweets on Easter Sunday, Trump called on the Republican-run Congress to “immediately pass Border Legislation, use Nuclear Option if necessary, to stop the massive inflow of Drugs and People.”
He added, “our country is being stolen!”
By “nuclear option,” Trump means eliminating the Senate filibuster rule that allows a party to hold up legislation unless proponents muster at least 60 votes in support.
While the Senate has eliminated the filibuster rule for confirmation votes on presidential appointees, Republican Senate leaders are loath to end it entirely because Democrats could use it against them in the future.
In his tweet storm, Trump also had choice words for Mexico. Apparently referring to a report on Fox News, Trump again blamed Mexico for allowing “caravans” of people to pass through their country and into the United States.
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