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DACA Deal: It shouldn't be this hard

January 15. 2018 9:47PM

Republicans want to enhance America’s border security and end the practice of chain migration, and many Democrats have long agreed.

Democrats want to allow immigrants who were brought into the country illegally to remain here, and many Republicans have long agreed.

So why can’t Congress agree to agree?

Striking a deal on immigration is complicated by the fringes of both parties not wanting to give the other side an inch. It is also complicated by President Donald Trump.

Trump has been all over the place on extending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. Neither side knows where it stands. His vulgar description of countries covered under the Temporary Protected Status program has poisoned the well for good-faith discussion of immigration policy.

He’s not getting Mexico to pay for “a big, beautiful wall” but we can improve border security by adding surveillance, fencing, and in some places, walls.

When Democrats label every Republican immigration proposal as racist, there’s no room for any compromise. Likewise, immigration hawks yell “Amnesty” over showing leniency to people whose parents brought them here illegally.

Congress should take a deep breath and cut a deal.

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