WASHINGTON – The “Dreamers” lost again.
As you will recall, the Dreamers are illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as young children. Most have grown up as Americans; sending them back to a country where they barely lived seems a particularly heartless punishment – and self-defeating for the United States if they’re responsible and productive adults.
Happily, this is one problem for which there’s an obvious political solution. The broad outlines of a compromise are no secret: The Dreamers get legal protection to stay in the United States; in exchange, President Trump and his allies get a significant down payment on his “wall” along the southern border.
Details can be negotiated. Who exactly qualifies as a “Dreamer”? Estimates vary from 800,000 to 1.8 million. Do they get a path to citizenship, a green card allowing permanent residency, or something in between? How much money does Trump receive for his wall? Are other restrictions imposed? Each side gets something; each side accepts something it dislikes.