President Donald Trump said Sunday that a deal to restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as "DACA," is off the table.
What did he say?
In a series of tweets, the president claimed "ridiculous liberal laws" are exacerbating illegal immigration because they prevent Border Patrol agents from properly doing their jobs.
Trump also instructed congressional Republicans to use the "nuclear option" to pass "tough laws" immediately.
Border Patrol Agents are not allowed to properly do their job at the Border because of ridiculous liberal (Democrat… https://t.co/DdTVIyin70— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1522590994.0
In addition, Trump lamented that Mexico is doing "nothing" to aide its northern ally to help thwart illegal immigration, while claiming the country "laughs" at America's "dumb immigration laws."
If Mexico doesn't act soon, Trump threatened to end the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Mexico is doing very little, if not NOTHING, at stopping people from flowing into Mexico through their Southern Bor… https://t.co/9ZjeOUnVtd— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1522592746.0
These big flows of people are all trying to take advantage of DACA. They want in on the act!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1522592899.0
Trump's comments come after he, for months, showed willingness to work with congressional Democrats and compromise on immigration reform. In exchange for a DACA deal, Trump simply asked for a border wall and more border security. However, a deal never made its way through Congress.
Any additional details?
It isn't clear what spurred Trump's change. But it may have something to do with the "caravan" of people immigrating through Mexico to the U.S. illegally.
According to BuzzFeed, which detailed the march, more than 1,000 people, mostly from Honduras, are marching through Mexico to the U.S. Once here, the immigrants plan to seek asylum while others plan to enter the U.S. illegally.
However, what's most interesting is the fact that authorities are enabling the immigrants. The group hasn't had issues with police, military or immigration authorities so far. Whether that changes remains to be seen. But for now, the group marches forward untouched.
And if everything goes to plan, they will make it to the U.S. sometime later this month.