As noted in our April 2nd blog, President Trump took to Twitter this weekend to complain about people trying to cross the southern border of the United States to take advantage of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program – despite the fact that DACA benefits do not apply as loosely as President Trump makes it seem. Trump also tweeted his disdain for so-called ‘caravans’ of Central Americans supposedly heading for the U.S.A.
As a follow-up to the tweets from the President, the White House held a conference call with reporters on Monday to outline their legislative priorities regarding immigration. The policy points, however, did not seem unique in any substantive way from the policies the Trump Administration have been unsuccessfully pursuing for months.
VERDICT: It seems that the conference call was organized to legitimize the tweet-storm put out by the President. Nothing substantially new was introduced in the conference call, so the question must be asked what the reason for the call was other than to organize the President’s tweeted opinions.