Yes, you read that headline correctly.
The Washington Post Editorial Board published a piece Wednesday begging Democrats to accept President Trump’s border wall in return for the protection of “dreamers,” the illegal immigrants currently protected by DACA.
The article, entitled “Take a deal for the dreamers. Build the wall,” argues that while the wall is a “dumb idea,” it would ultimately be a worthwhile trade-off to protect “dreamers.”
“If a few billion dollars annually is the trade-off that provides certainty — a pathway to citizenship or permanent legal status — for nearly 700,000 young immigrants brought to this country as children by their parents, it’s worth it. Because the alternative — all those lives ruined, all those jobs lost, all that education and promise cut short — is much worse,” the Editorial Board writes.
The Editorial Board further notes that increased border security has historically been a bipartisan issue, such as in 2006 when both Senators Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama voted to support 700 miles of fencing on the Mexican border.
While the Editorial Board supports a deal that trades border wall funding for the protection of “dreamers,” the Board rejects other demands made by Republican immigration hawks, including ending chain migration.
The Post concludes that while not desirable, compromise with Republicans on the future of “dreamers” is necessary.
“In politics, as in life, compromise is often painful. That doesn’t mean you refuse it.”