Trump Urges Congress to Use 'Nuclear Option' to Pass Immigration Reform

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive for Easter services at Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the Sea in Palm Beach Fla

But starting on Sunday morning, Trump unleashed a flurry of tweets about the caravans - and seemed to conflate the group with DACA.

President Donald Trump railed against immigrants, Mexico, and Democrats in a series of tweets on Sunday and Monday that suggested a caravan of immigrants reportedly traveling toward the USA are trying to take advantage of a program they would not qualify for.

Congress can not pass any legislation immediately as lawmakers are on their second week of a spring recess, but taking a tough stance on immigration appeals to Trump's conservative base.

"Mexico has the absolute power not to let these large "Caravans" of people enter their country", he said in another tweet. "They must stop them at their Northern Border, which they can do because their border laws work, not allow them to pass through into our country, which has no effective border laws", Trump tweeted.

In another Twitter post, Trump wrote, "Congress must immediately pass Border Legislation, use Nuclear Option if necessary, to stop the massive inflow of Drugs and People". Border Patrol Agents (and ICE) are GREAT, but the weak Dem laws don't allow them to do their job. He added, "Act now, Congress, our country is being stolen". "And a lot of people are coming in because they want to take advantage of DACA and we're going to have to really see", he said.

As concern grows daily about the unsafe drugs, and criminal immigrants flowing into the country from the Mexican border, Trump blamed Mexico directly.

By traveling together, the immigrants hope to protect themselves from the crime and extortion that makes the route through Mexico toward the USA border risky.

"Mexico is making a fortune on NAFTA..."

Despite Trump's overtures to congressional Democrats on immigration, no deal has materialized.

A caravan of Central Americans making an annual pilgrimage to the USA border has found itself at the heart of two days worth of tweets from President Trump, who linked the effort to protections for undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children.

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"But on Sunday, he indicated that the time had passed, writing on Twitter: "'Caravans' coming.

Trump sent his tweets on the fourth and final day of his vacation in Florida, where he has been staying at his private Mar-a-Lago Club with a small coterie of aides. Congress needs to pass a DACA solution as a stand-alone, bipartisan bill, with a veto proof majority and put finality to this situation that President Trump caused himself.

Trump's statements appear to have come after Fox News reported on a caravan of over 1,000 Central American migrants that is now traveling through Mexico.

He also claimed that people are flowing over the border "trying to take advantage of DACA".

"They had a great chance". Some meetings could also include US presidential adviser Jared Kushner and Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray, who have been managing the relationship between President Donald Trump and his Mexican counterpart Enrique Pena Nieto, according to two of the people.

Those traveling with the caravan are not eligible for DACA - instead, many likely plan to turn themselves into USA custody at the border, asking for asylum.

The BuzzFeed report notes that "no one has made any effort to stop" the migrants as they travel through Mexico without authorization. "It can't happen that way anymore".

The president went on to say that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was "dead" and pushed for his long-floated wall along the U.S. -Mexico border. As I previously reported, seven of the top 24 countries for DACA applicants with the highest acceptance rate are in Asia, Europe and the Caribbean. Trump included a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers in his "Four Pillars" plan for immigration reform.

Those enrolled in DACA had pinned their hopes on Democrats, who had continuously promised to win permanent legal status for them. "Remember, today is Easter Sunday", tweeted Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Trump critic who challenged him for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

THE PRESIDENT: Mexico has got to help us at the border. "Sinclair is far superior to CNN and even more Fake NBC, which is a total joke".

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