Washington Post tells Dems to compromise with Trump, accept border wall

Washington Post tells Dems to compromise with Trump, accept border wall
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The Washington Post editorial board on Wednesday urged Democrats to agree to President TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti MORE’s border wall in order to get a deal to protect “Dreamers.”

The board calls the wall a “dumb idea,” but writes that if including it in a broader bill leads to legislation that protects people covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that Trump is unraveling, Democrats should cave and agree to the demand.

“[The wall] won’t do much to suppress illegal border crossings, which in any event have been falling for decades," the board writes. "And the additional border-security spending proposed by the administration, including thousands of new Border Patrol agents, is largely a waste.”

“But consider how rare it is that a dumb idea in Congress actually buys something smart in return,” the editorial continues. “In this case, the return on that dumb idea would be huge.”

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Trump rescinded DACA in September, giving Congress a six-month deadline to pass some kind of legislative fix before protections end.

Lawmakers have been scrambling to reach a deal on immigration legislation that would protect Dreamers and satisfy the GOP’s border security requirements. Trump has insisted that any solution “has to include the wall.”

“His price, and that of many Republicans, is up to $33 billion in border-security measures, including Mr. Trump’s 'beautiful' wall,” the editorial reads. “If that’s the deal — not one freighted with a laundry list of other items on the GOP wish list — Democrats should take it.”

Earlier this week, Trump met with lawmakers to discuss immigration, during which they reportedly outlined parameters of a potential deal. 

A report last week detailed Trump’s plan to seek $18 billion from Congress for the wall, despite repeatedly claiming that Mexico would pay. The total cost of his heightened border security requests would be $33 billion.

“Democrats who choke on the wall, loath to hand Mr. Trump a political triumph, might ask themselves what other deals they might strike that would do so much tangible good, for so many people, so immediately — and at such a relatively modest price,” the board writes. “The likely answer is: very few.”

The editorial accuses some Republicans of “using the dreamers as hostages” to fight for stricter immigration measures like the lottery system and family reunification visas, which it says would “inflict real harm on real people” and not be worth the billions saved by not building a wall.

“Many in Congress may have lost the muscle memory required to strike a compromise, but here’s a reminder: In politics, as in life, compromise is often painful,” the editorial board writes. “That doesn’t mean you refuse it.”