Mexico Will Lose NAFTA If Drugs Continue To Flow

President Trump declared Monday that a program shielding a group of young immigrants from deportation - which he moved to scrap last fall - is "dead", and then blamed Democrats for failing to salvage the protections.

Ohio Governor John Kasich, a Republican, chided Trump over the tone of the tweets. Under current law, unaccompanied children from countries that don't border the USA would be placed under the supervision of the Department of Health and Human Services and undergo often-lengthy deportation proceedings before an immigration judge instead of being deported. They want to get your situation taken care of.

So, I would suggest that Trump stop listening to the folks on the couch, because they're making him look as stupid as the laws he doesn't like. On March 5, Attorney General Jeff Sessions informed immigration court judges that they could rule against asylum seekers without full hearings, which conservatives see as a way, in the long term, to open more space in detention centers.

Democrats had offered at one point to fully fund the wall but rescinded the offer in January, accusing Trump of reneging on elements of a tentative agreement.

President Trump accuses Mexico of doing very little to prevent people and drugs from coming from Mexico to the United States and threatens to denounce NAFTA. The Obama administration allowed signups during a set period of time, and the program is closed to new entrants.

So President Trump announced no DACA deal.

The United States, Mexico and Canada are now re-negotiating the terms of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, with the next round of formal talks expected this month in Washington.

Since taking office, Trump has repeatedly tried to link immigration with crime but immigrant defenders say many are fleeing poverty and violence.

Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez, D-Ill., a leading advocate for a DACA deal in the House, tweeted that Trump had "demonstrated his complete ignorance" on immigration policy.

Mexico Will Lose NAFTA If Drugs Continue To Flow

After the holiday, Trump continued to tweet out blame for Democrats that "DACA is dead" and said Mexico must do more to stop immigrants at its northern border.

Migrants who are not capable of proving that they face prosecution or that their lives are at risk in their home county are unlikely to be allowed to remain in the US.

And in the third tweet, the president wrote, "These big flows of people are all trying to take advantage of DACA".

In two more tweets Sunday morning, Trump threatened to dismantle the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which he called Mexico's "cash cow", if the country doesn't reduce the flow of immigrants coming across the southern USA border.

At least two Senate bills dealing with Dreamers, which included Democratic support, have failed to get 60 votes. They are next headed to Veracruz state, mostly traveling by bus.

As many noticed, the tweet came after Fox & Friends ran a segment on 1,200 people who are seeking asylum in Mexico City, speculating about whether "two-thirds" of them would come to the US via "caravans".

Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray Caso disputed the claim, responding on Twitter by saying the US and Mexico cooperate on immigration "throughout the region".

Trump's tweets come amid tense negotiations over NAFTA between his administration and that of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.

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