Volley of presidential tweets concerns big group, largely Honduran, travelling through Mexico to reach US border

Donald Trump returned to the offensive on immigration on Monday, recurring specific claims that “caravans” of migrants from Central America are threatening to enter the US via Mexico and demanding:” Act now Congress, our country is being stolen !”

” Mexico has the absolute power not to let these big' Caravans' of people enter their country ,” the president tweeted.” 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.

” Congress must immediately pass Border Legislation, use Nuclear Option if necessary, to put an end to the massive inflow of Drugs and People. Border Patrol Agents( and ICE) are GREAT, but the weak Dem statutes don't allow them to do their job. Act now Congress, our country is being stolen !”

Trump's use of the term “caravans”- also made in a sequence of tweets on Easter Sunday- was a reference to a large group of people who are heading through Mexico, hoping to reach the US border. A reporter from BuzzFeed has been with them.

” For five days now ,” Adolfo Flores reported on Friday,” hundreds of Central Americans- infants, women and men, most of them from Honduras– have boldly traversed immigration checkpoints, military basis, and police in a desperate, sometimes chaotic march toward the United Nation. Despite their being in Mexico without authorization , no one has made any effort to stop them .”

The ” caravan” has been reported on by Fox News, Trump's favor cable network.

Mexico's National Immigration Institute said it would issue a statement on the caravan later on Monday.

The country's interior minister, Alfonso Navarete Prida, told reporters on Monday:” It is utterly incorrect to say that there is no effort in Mexico to regulate, supporting and mange migratory process .”

The” nuclear alternative” Trump refers to would be a reform of Senate rules to allow major legislation to pass with 51 referendums rather than the current 60. The Republican majority leader, Mitch McConnell, has shown no sign of acceding to Trump's recurred demand.


Donald Trump and Dreamers: a timeline of mixed messages

Upon announcing his presidential bid Donald Trump attains hardline immigration reform central to his campaign and pledges to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals( Daca ).

” I will immediately discontinue President Obama's illegal executive order on immigration ,” he says.

Weeks after winning the White House, President-elect Trump appears to soften his posture on Dreamers. Despite offering no specific policy he promises to ” work something out “.

” On a humanitarian basis it's a very tough situation .” he tells T ime magazine.

Trump recognises the fraught road to a solution, describing Daca as a” very difficult thing for me as I love these kids “.

” I have to deal with a lot of politicians ,” Trump says.” And I have to convince them that what I'm saying is right .”

Trump abruptly announces he will end Daca, phasing out applications for renewal by March 2018. The president insists the decision provides a” window of opportunity for Congress to finally act “.

Following talks with Democrats, Trump hints a bargain may be close, but suggests it wouldn't include a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers.

” We're not looking at citizenship. We're not looking at amnesty ,” Trump tells reporters.

Trump promises to “take the heat” for a bipartisan Daca bill being brokered by senators. But within days he rescinds his support, calling the bipartisan plan “a big step backwards”. The Us administration shuts down after negotiations over the budget and a Dreamers solution collapse. On the same day a district judge regulations the administration must keep the program open to new applications, a ruling that is later supported by other federal court decisions.

With the government reopened with a temporary bill, Trump tells reporters he is now open to a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers “over a period of 10-12 years” if the individual” does a great job, they working very hard “.

Trump appears to end the possibility of a bipartisan deal over Daca with a series of furious tweets on Easter Sunday. He blames Democrats and declares: “NO MORE DACA DEAL! “

Oliver Laughland

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