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Trump: US ‘Being Stolen’ by Illegal Migrants

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Central American migrants gather before continuing their journey to the U.S. despite President Donald Trump's vow to stamp out illegal immigration, in Ixtepec, Oaxaca, Mexico, March 31, 2018. VOA

For the second day in a row Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump railed against illegal immigration into the country at its southern border with Mexico, contending that the U.S. “is being stolen” by the migrants.

He complained about a stream of about 1,100 people marching north through Mexico to escape poverty and violence in Central America in long-shot bids to win asylum in the United States.

“Mexico has the absolute power not to let these large “Caravans” of people enter their country,” Trump said in one of a string of tweets. “They must stop them at their Northern Border, which they can do because their border laws work, not allow them to pass through into our country, which has no effective border laws.”

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The migrants, mostly from Honduras, plan to turn themselves in at the U.S. border or slip into the country, according to Pueblo Sin Fronteras (People without Borders), which has organized the long winding march through Mexico. The migrants, who have already walked hundreds of kilometers north from the Mexican-Guatemalan border, are traveling in a large group in hopes of thwarting criminal gangs known to rob immigrants as they set out in search of a new life in the United States.

Two smaller caravans reached the U.S. last year. So far, three people out of 200 seeking asylum have been successful, with the rest yet to be decided.

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Central American migrants arrive at in Ixtepec, Oaxaca, Mexico, before continuing their journey to the United States, March 30, 2018. VOA

Calling for new legislation

In his new tweets Monday, Trump said, “Congress must immediately pass Border Legislation … to stop the massive inflow of Drugs and People,” even if means abandoning long-standing Senate parliamentary rules to approve a measure on a simple majority vote.

He contended that “Mexico is making a fortune” on the North American Free Trade Agreement, its 1994 trade deal with the U.S. and Canada that is currently being renegotiated.

“They have very strong border laws — ours are pathetic,” Trump said. “With all of the money they make from the U.S., hopefully they will stop people from coming through their country and into ours, at least until Congress changes our immigration laws!”

The U.S. leader said that U.S. border patrol agents “are GREAT,” but argued that “weak” laws approved by opposition Democratic lawmakers “don’t allow them to do their job. Act now Congress, our country is being stolen!”

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DACA still in limbo

Trump last year ended a program championed by former president Barack Obama to protect from deportation about 800,000 young people who were brought illegally into the country by their parents when they were children.

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President Donald Trump reviews border wall prototypes, March 13, 2018, in San Diego, California. VOA

Court decisions have at least temporarily blocked the deportation of the immigrants, many of whom have only known the United States as their home, but Trump and Democratic lawmakers have failed to reach a permanent legislative fix. The recent $1.3 trillion bill that funded government agencies through the end of September made no mention of the dispute.

Trump in the past has said he would show “great heart” for the plight of the young immigrants protected from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and said he would keep the program in place in exchange for full funding of a wall he wants built along the U.S.-Mexican border to thwart more illegal migrants from entering the U.S.

But lately, Trump has taken a harder line against the young immigrants, often called Dreamers by their advocates.

“DACA is dead because the Democrats didn’t care or act, and now everyone wants to get onto the DACA bandwagon” by entering the country illegally, he said. “No longer works.”

He added, “Must build Wall and secure our borders with proper Border legislation. Democrats want No Borders, hence drugs and crime!”

On Sunday, as Trump unleashed the barrage of attacks on Mexico, foreign affairs secretary Luis Videgaray Caso rebuffed the U.S. leader.

“Every day Mexico and the U.S. work together on migration throughout the region. Facts clearly reflect this,” he said. “An inaccurate news report should not serve to question this strong cooperation. Upholding human dignity and rights is not at odds with the rule of law. Happy Easter.” VOA

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Trump Accuses Social Media Platforms of Favoring his Opponents

Facebook and Twitter declined to comment. Alphabet's Google, which owns YouTube, did not immediately comment.

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FILE - A man reads tweets on his phone in front of a displayed Twitter logo. VOA

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused social media platforms Facebook, YouTube and Twitter of favoring his Democratic opponents over him and his fellow Republicans.

“But fear not, we will win anyway, just like we did before! #MAGA,” he said in a tweet. MAGA refers to Trump’s 2016 campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”

Facebook and Twitter declined to comment. Alphabet’s Google, which owns YouTube, did not immediately comment.

The president and other conservatives have repeatedly complained that these big tech platforms treat them unfairly.

Trump has previously accused Twitter of restricting the visibility of prominent U.S. Republicans, without any providing evidence, and the avid social media user has promised to investigate the company’s practices.

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FILE – House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. VOA

Trump and other conservatives say Twitter targets fellow Republicans with a practice dubbed “shadow banning,” limiting the visibility of a Twitter user, including in the platform’s auto-populated dropdown search box.

Representative Devin Nunes of California has sued Twitter over the alleged practice, according to court documents.

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Twitter Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey has said that algorithms have been changed to fix that issue.

The Justice Department held a meeting last fall between federal officials and state attorneys general to discuss allegations that conservative ideas are suppressed online, but so far no concrete action has been taken as a result. (VOA)