Trump Bashes 'So-Called Bipartisan DACA Deal' As 'Big Step Backwards'

| JAN 12, 2018 | 1:36 PM

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Friday to knock an immigration deal he said didn't properly fund a southern border wall and pushed the immigration system in the opposite direction of what he preferred:

Trump's reference to a “so-called bipartisan DACA deal” likely referred to the proposal announced Thursday by a group of six Republican and Democratic senators. While it's unclear what the proposal contained, Trump, who apparently saw the provisions, thought it made chain migration and the diversity lottery system “worse.”

Immigration talks emerged as Democrats pushed for the federal government to provide some kind of legal protection for immigrants who came to the United States as undocumented minors.

In September, Trump's administration said it would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which granted temporary legal status to those individuals, and gave Congress a six-month time frame to craft a legislative solution.

Since then, Trump has harped on his desire for the U.S. to adopt a merit-based immigration system, which de-emphasizes migration based on family ties.

In another tweet, Trump blamed Democrats for what he saw as a bad deal from the bipartisan group of senators:

“The Dems will threaten 'shutdown,' but what they are really doing is shutting down our military, at a time we need it most,” he said.

Trump's tweets came a day after his alleged controversial comments about immigrants from Haiti and African nations, which he called “s**thole countries.”