With criticism coming from Democrats aimed at the Trump administration over spending on a border wall and border security, President Donald Trump tweeted rips of "ridiculous liberal (Democrat) laws," called for the Senate to go "nuclear" to "pass tough laws now," and vowed "no more DACA deal" on Sunday.
Stopping before walking into church on Easter Sunday, President Trump echoed his tweets.
"Mexico has got to help us at the border, and a lot of people are coming in because they want to take advantage of DACA," Trump told reporters as broadcast on "MSNBC Live."
President Trump tried and failed to fund his estimated $25-26 billion border wall and border security plan in the $1.3 trillion omnibus passed last month by leveraging it against a permanent solution for the Obama-era DACA program.
DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, allows benefits and protections for children who were illegally brought to the U.S. by adults but gives no official U.S. citizenship status. It was a program started by former President Barack Obama under an executive order. President Trump called for the expiration of the order to force Congress to create a permanent solution. The president’s actions have been blocked by courts.
Once the expiration of DACA protections was temporarily shot down in courts, Democrats had dropped their urgency to address the issue, much to President Trump's dismay.
President Trump now has gone back on the attack, calling for the Senate, where Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 majority, to change the rules of passing law from a supermajority of 60 votes — which would require any law to have support of 11 obstructionist Democrats — to a simple majority, also called the "nuclear option."
With Vice President Mike Pence certain to support a GOP-backed measure, the Senate could pass a law with a mere 50 votes.
"They had a great chance, but Democrats blew it," Trump continued to reporters before entering Easter service. "They had a great, great chance, but we'll have to take a look.
"Mexico has got to help us at the border. They flow right through Mexico, they're accepted into United States – can't happen that way anymore."
President Trump has also attempted to follow through on his campaign promise to build the border wall and "Mexico will pay for it," attempting to leverage unbalanced trade deals with Mexico via a renegotiation of NAFTA.
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