After wishing everyone a happy Easter on Twitter, President Donald Trump followed with a series of tweets suggesting an end to an Obama-era program that protected hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants.
These tweets come after Trump has said he wanted to work across the aisle to protect Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals, better known as DACA. In the first tweet, he said how the U.S.-Mexico border is getting dangerous and “NO MORE DACA DEAL.”
Samuel Molina with Mi Familia Vota, an organization that advocates on social and economic issues impacting the Latino community, described the tweets as appalling. He also said Easter Sunday was not the day for the president to tweet these things.
“The president used [Easter Sunday] as a day to spread anti-immigrant hate and fear,” Molina said. “Fan the flames to members of his base that already stand against immigrants.”
Trump’s following tweets threatened to get rid of North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, a trade agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada. The Trump administration is currently in tense negotiations with Mexico over NAFTA. Trump also renewed his call for the border wall.
The president doubled down on his tweets as he walked into an Easter church service in Florida.
“Mexico has got to help us at the border…a lot of people are coming in because they want to take advantage of DACA,” Trump said. “We’re going to have to really see. [The Democrats] had a great chance, the Democrats blew it.”
In the tweets, the president called for the GOP to do the nuclear option with immigration laws — that’s where bills can move forward with a simple majority in the senate.
Molina said the only way any of this will get solved is for both sides to find a fix to DACA. Since the program was only meant to be a temporary solution in the first place.
“Congress has to come together and pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill. At the end of the day, DACA is not a solution,” he said.
In the tweets, Trump mentioned “caravans” are coming to the U.S.-Mexico border. It’s not sure exactly what he meant by that, but there are reports of a migrant caravan currently making its way through Mexico.