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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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These Latinas Were Escorted Out Of A Ted Cruz Event Because Someone Thought They Might Be Disruptive

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These Latinas Were Escorted Out Of A Ted Cruz Event Because Someone Thought They Might Be Disruptive

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Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is seeking re-election to Congress to represent Texas but his campaign isn’t off to a good start. Sen. Cruz is campaigning against Democrat Beto O’Rourke. Sen. Cruz’s campaign has “jokingly” went after O’Rourke because of Latino-sounding nickname. The official launch for Sen. Cruz’s re-election campaign ended with two Latinx students being removed.

On the first day of Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign, two Latinx University of Texas at Tyler students were abruptly kicked out.

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Emily Pinal and Belen Iniguez are members of the Jolt, a bipartisan organization educating and empowering the Latinx community on important political issues.

In an interview with mitu, Pinal says that while she is a supporter of Beto O’Rourke, she wanted to attend Sen. Cruz’s event. Pinal wanted to hear what Sen. Cruz had to say about issues that are important to her. She said she got tickets to attend the free event that was open to the public that would take place at the headquarters of John Soules Foods.

About 100 people attended the event, but before Sen. Cruz arrived Pinal and Iniguez were singled out.

Pinal says that one of the people at the event had noticed them previously while they were outside. She says he saw that they had “Beto” campaign signs, however, they did not bring them into the Cruz event.

She says that while they were at the Cruz event, they met with Michael V. Tidwell, the president of their university.

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All was going well, until an attendee went on stage and called out the students saying they were going to be disruptive.

“He said ‘these two girls are obnoxious, be ready for them to make some noise,'” Pinal said. She also recalls that because the room was small, the man’s words echoed and had everyone’s attention. She said they had done nothing wrong.

Nancy Nichols, who also attended the event, said: “They were singled out and it was announced that Beto supporters were here and there could be a disturbance. Iniguez and Pinal were quiet, unobtrusive, compliant, and lovely. Still, they were escorted out. Because there were so few attendees, it was obvious what was happening.”

It was unclear if the man speaking on stage was a campaign aide or just an attendee. We reached out to Sen. Cruz’s campaign and have yet to hear back.

After the man was done speaking. Pinal said they were escorted out of the event.

The students say that while they were told to leave, no one said a thing to support them, not even the president of their university who they had just met and spoken with moments before.

The Cruz event in Tyler continued on and the senator spoke about the toughness of Texans.

“I’ve said many times that Texas is America on steroids,” Cruz said at the event. “The ethos of our great state is, ‘Give me a horse and a gun and an open plain and we can conquer the world.'”

READ: Here’s What People Have To Say About Rafael ‘Ted’ Cruz Mocking His Opponent For Using A Nickname

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