Donald Trump returned to the offensive on immigration on Monday, repeating a claim that "caravans" of migrants from Central America are threatening to enter the USA via Mexico and demanding: "Act now Congress, our country is being stolen!" Trump blamed that inability to work on "ridiculous liberal (Democrat) laws like Catch & Release".
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 USA via "caravans".
Trump's comments were followed by a call to action: Congress must "use the nuclear option if necessary" - using a Senate maneuver to lower the threshold to break a filibuster from 60 votes to 51, weaking the power of the minority party - to pass border security legislation.
Former U.S. President Barack Obama started the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2012.
"DACA is dead because the Democrats didn't care or act, and now everyone wants to get onto the DACA bandwagon", the Republican president said in a Twitter post.
President Donald Trump declared as "dead" on Monday a program that protects immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children and pressed Congress to "immediately" pass legislation to secure the U.S. border with Mexico.
Trump first tweeted that "caravans" are heading toward the Southern U.S. border, but patrol agents "are not allowed to properly do their jobs".
Alex Mensing of Pueblos Sin Fronteras told ABC News that numerous caravan travelers are fleeing violence and that they are hoping to reach US ports of entry in Arizona, California, or New Mexico where they will claim asylum and likely be detained.
"Fox & Friends" aired a segment earlier Sunday morning about Central American migrants traveling through Mexico en route to the United States. "If they ask for asylum or say I fear to go back to my country, then we have to process them under 'credible fear" which allows them to be released into our country". New DACA applications are not being accepted. The president, however, rejected immigration proposals from congressional Democrats in recent months.
But conflating youths fleeing to the United States in search of a better life with "dangerous" immigrants is not likely to convince Latino voters that the Republicans are with them, as Trump has claimed.
The president's position on DACA has frequently shifted. Trump gave lawmakers until March to find a legislative solution for the so-called Dreamer population. Trump included a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers in his "Four Pillars" plan for immigration reform.
THE PRESIDENT: Mexico has got to help us at the border.
But in tweets on Sunday he indicated he was done negotiating and wanted Congress to resolve the issue with legislation. "Sinclair is far superior to CNN and even more Fake NBC, which is a total joke".
The video, released by Deadspin this weekend, shows anchors at several of Sinclair's TV stations speaking on "fake news" stories.
Finally, the president tweeted about "unredacted documents requested by Congress", calling it "an embarrassment to our country!"
Trump sent his tweets on the fourth and final day of his vacation in Palm Beach, where he has been staying at his private Mar-a-Lago resort with a small coterie of aides. "Upholding human dignity and rights is not at odds with the rule of law", he wrote.
Trump's tweets come amid tense negotiations over NAFTA between his administration and that of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. A BuzzFeed reporter is embedded with the group, providing the movement with some media coverage, and Fox News, the president's preferred news source, has also documented the effort.