Giving amnesty to DREAMers, the children of illegal immigrants, should be worth it to Democrat lawmakers to give Trump his wall, believes Matt Lewis of The Daily Beast. While bending to an issue that has become such a big talking point in resistance to the president’s agenda is a heavy concession to make, the lives of immigrant children are more important. Meeting the other side halfway would be an ideal first step in moderating the tension between Democrats and Republicans. Compromising is always hard, but it comes with a worthy reward in this case and could ease political cooperation in the future.
Democrats shouldn’t bend to Trump over the wall issue, even if he threatens to deport the children of illegal immigrants, writes Gail Collins in The New York Times. The president has shown that he often moves from one interest to the next. If Democrats hold strong and delay this move, there is a chance that he will lose interest and find another battle to fight. Building the border wall is not worth conceding. It’s already ineffective and inefficient. The number of arrests at the border is at the lowest level since 1971. While many are illegal, some genuine asylum seekers often need to find safety fast. Democrats must say no to the wall.