After tweeting “Happy Easter” to his followers, U.S. President Donald Trump confirmed that he would no longer entertain negotiations for DACA because more illegal migrants from other countries were arriving in the United States via the Mexican border:
“Border Patrol 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!”
DACA which stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals was introduced in 2012 under the administration of Barack Obama. The program was designed to protect the children of illegal immigrants from deportation. DACA also helped the young adult immigrants gain work permits.
Democrats hoped to renegotiate a deal with President Trump to extend DACA. The President said he would consider renegotiating the deal on condition that the Democrats agree to fund the U.S. – Mexico Border Wall which was the cornerstone of his campaign.
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador who is the front runner in the July 1 Mexican presidential elections staged his campaign near the border and said he would take a harder stance in dealing with President Trump should he become the new President of Mexico:
“Mexico and its people will not be the piñata of any foreign government. It’s not with walls or use of force that you resolve social problems.”
During his first few months in the White House, arrests at the U.S.- Mexico border fell from more than 42,400 arrests to 15,700. However, the number of arrests has risen during the first few months of 2018. In fact, they are now higher than during the time of President Obama.
President Trump said Mexico has to do a lot more to secure the border from illegal immigrants:
“Mexico has got to help us at the border. A lot of people are coming in because they want to take advantage of DACA. They had a great chance. The Democrats blew it.”
Various media have reported that migrants have gone through the Mexican states of Chiapas and Oaxaca in a “refugee caravan” that was being organized by U.S. based immigrant group Pueblo Sin Frontreras.
More than 1,500 migrants from the Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala are travelling through Ixtepec. Mexican immigration officials had 15 buses prepared to transport them toward the north.
Gina Garibo, a representative of Pueblo Sin Frontreras said the purpose of the caravan was to protect the migrants from becoming victims of crime and extortion:
“The main people here are fleeing criminal violence, political violence, in their country and this allows us to save lives.”
Mexico deported an estimated 80,000 last year compared to 160,000 in 2016. Majority of the deportees were from Central American countries.