Donald Trump’s Ignorant Easter Tweets Prove Just How Little He Knows About Immigration

Today is the rare occasion on which Easter and April Fool’s Day coincide. That said, while I sincerely wish that I could attribute President Trump’s most recent unhinged Twitter tirade to an elaborate April Fool’s prank (which would then end with his voluntary retirement), I am sorry to say that I cannot.

It all started when Trump began his Easter Sunday by yelling at his followers to have a “HAPPY EASTER!”

This brief bout of goodwill was immediately curtailed by three longwinded tweets about border security, illegal immigrants, and DACA. In his tweets, Trump described how a “caravan” of immigrants was headed toward the U.S.-Mexico border, and made a threat to shut down NAFTA while also demanding “NO MORE DACA DEAL.”

The comments about “caravans” were a reference to a recent news story about a group of Central American migrants who are marching toward the United States, accompanied by a BuzzFeed News reporter. “When they get to the US, they hope American authorities will grant them asylum or, for some, be absent when they attempt to cross the border illegally,” BuzzFeed reports. “More likely is that it will set up an enormous challenge to the Trump administration’s immigration policies and its ability to deal with an organized group of migrants numbering in the hundreds.”

Judging from Trump’s tweets, it is unlikely that the arrival of hundreds of immigrants will be dealt with in a peaceful, organized manner.

In addition to sounding completely hysterical, the president’s comments on DACA are also extremely off-base — proving once again how ill-equipped Trump is to discuss the matter of immigration in an intelligent manner.

As New York Magazine reports, DACA does not apply to any incoming immigrants. New immigrants, therefore, cannot be “taking advantage” of DACA:

Even before President Trump attempted to terminate DACA last year … the program only applied to immigrants who had entered the country by 2007, so his contention that current immigrants are attempting to take advantage of the program makes no sense.

It should come as no surprise that this series of tweets is (most likely) a reaction to a recent program on Fox News, which Trump watches and regurgitates religiously.

“It was unclear whether the president’s tweets represented any change in his immigration policy, or were just the sort of venting he is known to do after reading a newspaper article or seeing a television program,” the New York Times reports. “The president, who spent much of his holiday weekend golfing with supporters and watching television, was apparently reacting to a Fox and Friends segment on immigration that had aired minutes before.”

So, once again, Trump is engaging in sweeping statements about policy (which, SURPRISE, have no legislative weight even if they’re voiced on Twitter) that are essentially borrowed from talking heads on a conservative news program.

Someone really needs to hide Trump’s Easter eggs and distract him for a few hours so we can all get some rest.