President Trump’s Latest DACA Tweet Has Everyone Questioning How Much He Knows About The Program

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Republicans in Congress have been trying to use DACA as a bargaining chip for border wall funding and increased border security. However, it hasn’t worked and a federal judge blocked the administration from terminating the program on March 5, 2018. Now, President Trump is claiming that people are coming to the U.S. to benefit from DACA, which can’t happen.

On Easter Sunday, President Trump took to Twitter to tell everyone that there is no longer a DACA deal.

The Trump administration announced their plan to slowly terminate the DACA program on Sept. 5, 2017. Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke at a press conference to deliver the administrations decision to have the program wrapped up by March 5, 2018. Yet, District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco blocked them from ending the program and ordered the administration to resume taking renewals from those already in the program.

The “Caravans” Trump is referring to is the hundreds of men, women and children from Central America making their way through Mexico to the U.S. BuzzFeed News reports that no one is making any effort to stop them, but Mexican officials are challenging that narrative.

Thirty minutes later, Trump blamed the Mexican government for not doing enough to stop undocumented people from entering the U.S.

Yet, Luis Videgaray Caso, Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs, tweeted back saying, “Every day Mexico and the US work together on migration throughout the region. Facts clearly reflect this. An inaccurate news report should not serve to question this strong cooperation. Upholding human dignity and rights is not at odds with the rule of law. Happy Easter.”

Then, Trump tweeted one statement about DACA that is false.

DACA recipients have to follow a very strict set of criteria in order to be eligible for the program. None of the criteria allow for new people to come to the U.S. and apply for DACA. Here are the criteria for the program from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website:

  1. Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
  2. Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;
  3. Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
  4. Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
  5. Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012;
  6. Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and
  7. Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor,or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

Twitter users did not let the president off the hook for his inaccurate statement.

The program was set up to benefit a specific group of people. If you are not part of the group targeted by DACA, you can’t receive DACA.

And some users tied it directly to the “Caravan” Trump called out who are heading to the U.S.

Basically, that “Caravan” of Central American, mostly Honduran, migrants are ineligible for DACA despite their age because they don’t meet the criteria necessary.

Even immigration attorneys are trying to educate the president on what DACA is and how it works.

If they don’t fit the requirement, they don’t get DACA. It is that simple. In fact, there was an attempt to expand DACA to more people attached to Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). However, several states sued the federal government over that executive order and it was stopped so the DACA expansion never came to be.


READ: The Trump Administration Has Officially Rescinded DACA. Here’s What You Need To Know.

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