President Donald Trump at Egg Roll: Democrats Let DACA Down, ‘It’s a Shame’

U.S. President Donald Trump (C) points to members of the news media while writing messages to military troops during the 140th annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 2, 2018 in Washington, DC. The White House said they are expecting 30,000 children and adults …
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CNN’s Jim Acosta shouted at President Donald Trump during a visit with kids at the White House Easter Egg Roll, prompting Trump’s reply that it’s the Democrats that let DACA recipients down.

Trump had addressed the Easter Egg Roll crowd and was down in the egg race area visiting with children when Acosta’s shout rang out from the press area, asking Trump if the “DACA kids” should worry.

“The Democrats have really let them down. They really let them down. It’s a shame. A lot of people have taken advantage of DACA. It’s a shame,” Trump shot back.

The President didn’t make a further reply when Acosta shouted back, “Didn’t you kill DACA?”

Two months ago Trump laid out four required pillars for a DACA deal, but Congress has failed to produce and pass legislation on this. The pillars included funding for a southern border wall, an end to chain migration, an end to the visa lottery, and a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal aliens in the United States who were brought to the U.S. as minors.

Trump has repeatedly pointed to obstructionist Democrats for preventing a deal on DACA. On Sunday he tweeted that there was no more deal on DACA, the border is getting more dangerous, and that Republicans must go to the “nuclear” option.

He tweeted again on Monday morning that the DACA deal is dead, that the Democrats are at fault, and that the Democrats want “No Borders, hence drugs and crime!”

In late March Trump tweeted a suggestion to use some of the military funding from the massive $1.3 billion omnibus bill to build the southern border wall. He pledged never to sign such a bill again.

Trump has faced heavy criticism for offering a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal aliens. The White House has contended that the pathway does not constitute amnesty. At a Phoenix campaign rally in 2016, Trump promised illegal immigration would have to be a “memory of the past” before any talk of legal status for illegal aliens. At the Phoenix rally he promised a wall along the southern border, a deportation task force to target criminal aliens, and that “there will be no amnesty.” In August 2016 he specifically promised, “no citizenship.”

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