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USA | On Easter Sunday, Trump threatens to end DACA and 'stop' NAFTA

The “on-again, off-again” Dreamers programme for young Caribbean and Central and Latin American and other immigrants to the United States seems to be in trouble again, as President Donald Trump this morning tweeted ‘No More DACA Deal.”

In a flurry of tweets Sunday morning, President Donald Trump said there would be no deal with Democrats on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, NBC reported.

Trump reiterated his views as he stopped to speak to reporters before entering church for Easter services.

“A lot of people are coming in because they want to take advantage of DACA and we are going to have to really see,” he said. “They had a great chance. The Democrats blew it. They had a great, great chance, but we'll have to take a look.”

“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 tweeted Sunday before he attended an Easter service in Palm Beach, Florida.

Trump also tweeted he wanted to dismantle the North American Free Trade Agreement, which he called Mexico's “cash cow,” if the country doesn't reduce the flow of immigrants coming across the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump also tweeted that “big flows of people are all trying to take advantage of DACA. They want in on the act!”


Democrats and business leaders have been urging President Trump and congressional leaders to preserve DACA, a five-year-old program that offers a reprieve from deportation to nearly 800,000 people brought to the US as children, known as “Dreamers.

Recently, more than 350 business leaders sent an open letter to President Trump voicing support for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

“Dreamers are vital to the future of our companies and our economy,” the letter says. “They are part of why we will continue to have a global competitive advantage.”

The letter was signed by top executives at dozens of tech firms,including Apple, Amazon and Google as well as the   chief executives of General Motors and Starbucks as well as  leaders of trade groups, nonprofit groups and investors, including Warren Buffett,  according to the Wall Street Journal .

The business executives said that denying Dreamers work authorisation could result in the loss of US$460.3 billion from the US economy and US$24.6 billion in Social Security and Medicare tax contributions.

Trump ended the program late last year, and said that he would protect the “Dreamers” in exchange for funds to build a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

Mexico would pay for it, he claimed on the campaign trail.

“Mexico has got to help us at the border,” Trump said outside the church Sunday, as he stood next to the first lady and his daughter Tiffany. “If they are not going to help us at the border, it is a very sad thing. We need two countries. Mexico has got to help us at the border.”

Last modified onTuesday, 03 April 2018 18:50
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